Will Steger (2006)
Award Presented at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
Will Steger received the 2006 Lindbergh Award not only for his accomplishments, but more importantly for his deep understanding of the environment and his efforts to raise awareness of current environmental threats, especially climate change. His unique ability to blend extreme exploration with cutting-edge technology sets him apart from many other explorers and has allowed him to reach millions of people around the world, under some of the most hostile conditions on the planet. He travels using primitive methods, but his expeditions take place at the frontier of the information age, making him an ideal recipient for the Lindbergh Award. In fact, more than 20 million students followed the 1995 International Arctic Project via on-line daily journal entries and saw the first-ever transmission of a digital photograph from the North Pole.
An eyewitness to the on-going catastrophic consequences of global warming Will Steger, now more than ever, is a formidable voice calling for understanding and the preservation of the Arctic, and the Earth. Steger is tireless in his conviction to take his eyewitness accounts and experiences from these explorations and share them with others, in order to better themselves and the environment. An environmental ambassador, Steger is a recognized authority on polar environmental issues.
Recently, Steger formed The Will Steger Foundation, with a personal and professional commitment to foster leadership and cooperation in environmental education and policy. The Foundation’s first initiative, Global Warming 101, will engage and empower individuals and policy-makers to translate their concern into action on this critical issue.
Look at Global Warming 101 for more information.