Eyewitness Voices

Eyewitness North Pole 8625 years ago, their unrelenting courage took them to the top of the world. Today, their historic journey would be nearly impossible to repeat.

In May 2011, members of the Steger International Polar Expedition team reunited at the Minnesota History Center to share dramatic stories of their landmark trek and how climate change has made the trek difficult to replicate.

Canadians Richard Weber and Brent Boddy talked about a loss of thick, old, multi-year ice, shortened dogsledding seasons and the loss of the summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean; wildlife biologist, Geoff Carroll provided his insight into impacts to Alaska’s large land mammals he studies, like caribou and musk ox; New Zealand team member Bob McKerrow, who now works for the International Red Cross in Sri Lanka, talked about communities in the Bay of Bengal being squeezed out by rising water levels; and Bob Mantell talked about the impact of the BP oil spill on communities in New Orleans, where he lives. Paul Schurke joined Will with a call to action to address climate change. Watch the video!


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