Thorleif Thorleifsson, Norwegian marine explorer and adventurer, will present the lecture "A Voyage Around the North Pole: Modern Exploration and Climate Change" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.
The lecture is open to the public with no charge of admission. A reception with Thorleifsson and Mari Sæther, environmental counselor at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will be held following the lecture in Qualley Lounge in the Center for Faith and Life.
Thorleifsson, a former mariner in the Royal Norwegian Navy, has spent years exploring the oceans of the Far North. In his lecture, Thorleifsson will assess the physical environment of the Arctic and his concerns about ongoing, dramatic climate change.
Changes to the environment and climate of the Arctic are offering new opportunities for both competition and collaboration among the nations on its periphery. Dynamism in the region will only increase in the coming decades, as water levels rise, gas and oil reserves are explored, and territorial claims are challenged.
With these things in mind, Thorleifsson will question, "How do we successfully navigate the Arctic challenges of tomorrow?"
He will discuss his record-breaking voyage and the challenges encountered along the way when in 2010, Thorleifsson and the famous explorer Børge Ousland became the first to sail around the North Pole in one short season. The 80-day voyage led them from Norway, through the Northern Sea route in Russia, through the Northwest Passage in Canada and across the North Atlantic.
Thorleifsson will also review how explorers of today can learn from explorers of the past by discussing the Norwegian history of Arctic exploration.
Before introducing Thorleifsson, Sæther will speak briefly on climate change and the Arctic, and how global warming is affecting every corner of the globe. She has worked in the environmental field for more than 20 years
Both Thorleifsson and Sæther are available for comments before or after the lecture. Contact Urd Milbury, telephone: +1 (202) 333-6000 or email: [email protected], at the Royal Norwegian Embassy to learn more about the lecture or to schedule an interview.