Polar explorer, writer, photographer and speaker Will Steger has been talking to people about climate change before anyone knew there was such a thing.
It's not usually a cheery topic; but Steger, who will be speaking at UMD tomorrow night in a program called "Eyewitness to Global Warming," is almost ebullient.
People are getting it, says Steger, now that they are experiencing the evidence first hand. Far from being despairing, though, Steger is anxious to share his message of new opportunities; a booming economy in clean energy; world-wide cooperation in working toward a cleaner, better world; and something he says is more than hope: empowerment.
It's one thing to talk about global warming in terms of pack ice and polar bears ... but what are fishing guides and resorts and tourists supposed to do when it's hot - even by the lake - and there's not enough snow to ski in December?
North Shore businesses are already looking at those questions - and solutions - with a little help from University of Minnesota researchers.