Eyewitness to Climate Change: Melting Ice & Rising Seas / David Thoreson

Eyewitness to Climate Change: Melting Ice & Rising Seas / David Thoreson

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This powerful presentation by photographer and explorer David Thoreson exposes the truth about climate change affecting YOU and everything on Planet Earth!  His fearless exploration of the world’s oceans and polar regions have brought him face-to-face with the most important issue of our time – Climate Change.

Not confined to the Arctic, weather weirding is spreading across the USA!Experience David’s breathtaking adventures through this stunning multi-media event using photography, humor, and storytelling of his often-harrowing experiences in the most remote regions of the planet gleaned from his 65,000 miles of sailing including the Arctic’s Northwest Passage.

You will explore your climate future.  Part of what this program will cover:
·      50% Loss of Arctic Ice in 30 Years
·      Rising Seas Affecting 5 Billion People
·       Worldwide Droughts Causing Mass Migration
·       Coral Reef Decimated by Heated Oceans
·       Mega Cruise Ships Invading the Fragile Arctic

David Thoreson is a professional photographer, sailor and explorer who has logged over 65,000 ocean miles. David shares stories of adventure as the first American to sail the Arctic’s Northwest Passage in both directions. He has sailed over the Arctic Circle six times and below the Antarctic Circle. Thoreson provides an eye-witness account of how climate change impacts sensitive polar and ocean environments.

David’s work has appeared across a broad spectrum of media from the Smithsonian to the Guardian, PBS and TED. In 2010, David completed a 28,000-mile circumnavigation of the N/S American continents on the 64-foot research sailboat Ocean Watch working with NASA, NOAA and universities in two hemispheres.

Thoreson is an Explorers Club Fellow and recent participant in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. His personal climate story has just been documented in a new book, “OVER THE HORIZON: Exploring the Edges of a Changing Planet.”

Exploration Highlights:
Twice Through the Northwest Passage
(First American Sailor in History to Accomplish the NW Passage in Both Directions)
28,000-Mile Circumnavigation of the North and South American Continents on the Research Sailboat Ocean Watch
Six Times Over the Arctic Circle
Twice Over the Antarctic Circle
Three Times to the Northwest Passage
Three Atlantic Crossings
Twice Around Cape Horn

Speaking Highlights include:
World Science Festival, NYC, Columbia University
Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Keynote Speaker/Exhibitor
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
TEDx Vail Presenter, Vilar Center for the Performing Arts, Beaver Creek, CO
Explorers Club, NYC
New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
The Power of One, USS Intrepid Museum, New York City
Private Space Science Symposium, Columbia University, NYC
United Nations Oceans Conference, NYC
Dallas Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas and Ft. Worth, TX
Peak to Pique Adventure Speaker Series in Breckenridge, Colorado Mountain College
Vail Symposium Vail, Co
National Press Club, Washington DC
Princeton University
Villanova University
University of Iowa
Monmouth University
University of Minnesota
Farleigh Dickinson University
Miami University, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Central College, Pella, Iowa
Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA




Thank you once more for sharing your climate change story with us last evening.  And thank you for taking the time to do some background research on the university’s sustainability efforts.  I can’t speak for anyone else but found your presentation motivational and inspiring.

Sandra W.
Associate Director, Campus Activities and Greek Affairs
SUNY, Cortland


Awesome and inspiring are the words I would use to describe hearing David Thoreson share his journeys transiting the Arctic and Antarctic waterways to a large group of students, faculty and community members at FDU. The mesmerizing stories of how he sailed through some of the most treacherous reaches of the planet, supplemented by a collection of the most amazing photographs, were wondrous in themselves. When David responded to questions about what we can do, his answers about courage and commitment moved and inspired all.

Joel H, Ph.D.
Professor of Management and Executive Director
Institute for Sustainable Enterprise
Fairleigh Dickinson University


Mr. Thoreson doesn’t befuddle his listeners with meaningless numbers or quotes from the government- he speaks from his experience of his adventures, and he speaks from the heart. When I attended David’s lecture at Monmouth University, I was incredibly moved by the insight that he provided to the students and faculty. He showed us his firsthand experiences of sailing around the world, especially the Arctic. His eye-opening photographs prove there is something incredibly wrong in the most remote places in the world.

Matthew D, Student
Monmouth University

Thoreson concluded on an optimistic note, confident that scientists, students and civilians working together could address problems presented by climate change.

Annie Y
The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

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