Polar Explorer Will Steger Issues Statement on Larsen C Split

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Rom, Climate Generation
612-720-4510; nicole@climategen.org

Steger issued the following statement in response to news of the Delaware-sized iceberg that has broken off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf

MINNEAPOLIS – July 12, 2017 – Will Steger, polar explorer and founder of the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, issued the following statement in reaction to news about the massive break-off of a Delaware-sized iceberg on the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica:

“27 years ago, I stood on the Larsen C ice shelf during the seven-month International Trans-Antarctica Expedition of 1989-90. From my perspective, the topography of the ice was vast and impenetrable.

With this latest break-off on the Larsen C shelf – an iceberg twice the size of the Larsen B break-off in 2002 – it is evident that the long-term thaw of Antarctic ice has begun. Continued melting and calving events threaten the future stability of the entire ice shelf, an alarming prospect for sea level rise.

As an eyewitness to the changing topography of the Polar regions, I was stunned to see the rapid repercussions of climate change on my expeditions. And in 2002 when the Larsen B shelf, which took my team a month to cross by dogsled, disintegrated in a matter of weeks, I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to education and action around climate change. Loss of major ice shelves will considerably alter the landscape of the Polar Regions as we know it; and, by extension, our world.”

Note: Will Steger is available for media interviews. He is also willing to provide video and photographic footage of the Larsen C ice shelf from his Antarctic expedition. To schedule an interview or obtain images/video from his Antarctic expedition footage, contact Nicole Rom of Climate Generation at nicole@climategen.org.

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About Will Steger

Polar explorer, educator and eyewitness to the effects of climate change, Will Steger has accomplished the most significant polar expeditions in history. Steger led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply in 1986; the 1,600-mile south-north traverse of Greenland (the longest unsupported dogsled expedition in history) in 1988; and the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (the historic seven month, 3,741-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition) in 1989–90. Steger joined Amelia Earhart, Robert Peary and Roald Amundsen in receiving the National Geographic Society’s prestigious John Oliver La Gorce Medal for “Accomplishments in Geographic Exploration, in the Sciences, and Public Service to Advance International Understanding” in 1995. For the past decade, Steger has channeled his commitment to the environment and education into Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, a Minneapolis based nonprofit he established in 2006. Will Steger provides a credible and moral voice for climate action based on his unique eyewitness account of a warming world through 50 years of Arctic exploration and speaks to the impacts of climate change on not only the Polar Regions, but on our environment and economy as well.

About Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Established in 2006 by renowned polar explorer Will Steger, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change. Climate Generation works with educators, youth, decision-makers and the public to foster climate literacy and action, working towards a world of resilient communities with equitable solutions to climate change. Learn more at www.climategen.org.

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