Today’s explorers no longer have to head off alone into uncharted territory. In many ways, they can bring the the environment that keeps him exploring – now, at the age of 63.
Will Steger: The internet totally changed my life. I would have been out of major expeditions 15 years ago.
Steger began his career as a polar explorer by traveling unsupported thousands of kilometers across the polar regions by dog sled. He predicts that within the next 10 years, it will be impossible to cross the poles on foot, due to the effects of climate change.
Will Steger: Every ice shelf I’ve been on is either collapsed or totally changed.
He told Earth & Sky that, despite the challenges, he’s excited about young people today. He said they’re more connected and aware of the world than past generations, which should give them a greater ability to bring about positive change.
Our thanks today to NASA, in celebration of the International Polar Year.
Our thanks to:
Polar explorer, writer, photographer
President, Will Steger Foundation
Learning to love science. As a producer for EarthSky, Lindsay Patterson interviews some of the world's most fascinating scientists. Through EarthSky, her work content is syndicated on some of the world's top media websites, including USAToday.com and Reuters.com. Patterson is also charged with helping to stay in steady communication with the thousands of scientists who contribute to EarthSky's work of making the voice of science heard in a noisy world. She graduated from Colorado College with a degree in creative writing, and a keen interest in all forms of journalism and media.