Geoff Green, explorer and founder of Students on Ice, to be honoured at
black-tie dinner in New York City
OTTAWA, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Geoff Green may be a little out of his
element as he trades in his survival suit for a black tie and tuxedo, but if
it helps spread the word about the importance of protecting the environment,
he doesn't mind at all. On March 17th, Mr. Green, a Canadian adventurer,
environmentalist and educator, will be at New York City's fabled Waldorf
Astoria hotel to accept the Citation of Merit from The Explorers Club at its
103rd annual dinner.
The event will be hosted by former CBS news anchor Dan Rather and will,
inevitably, feature a selection of rather unusual appetizers. In the past,
guests have been served everything from tarantulas and scorpions to alligators
and maggots. The Explorers Club Annual Dinner has celebrated global
exploration and scientific pursuits for more than a century, honouring some of
the world's top explorers.
Geoff Green founded Students on Ice (www.studentsonice.com), a non-profit
organization that arranges educational expeditions for students to the
Antarctic and the Arctic and is a veteran of 70 Antarctica and 30 Arctic
expeditions. He has led journeys to the world's most remote places for such
notable organizations as the Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian Institute and
the World Wildlife Fund. In 2005, Mr. Green was voted one of Canada's Top 40
Under 40 and in 2005 he received a Certificate of Special Congressional
Recognition from the U.S. government for his work with youth and the
"This is an incredible honour and I am pleased, but humbled, to receive
it," said Mr. Green." I think, more than anything, it validates what we are
doing-that teaching people about the Arctic and Antarctic regions is important
to our understanding of our place in the world." Mr. Green's next project
involves leading a 2007 Arctic expedition for 75 youth and 25 polar scientists
and emerging leaders.
Increasingly, Canada is being recognized for its work in polar climes.
This award comes on the heels of the Nobel Peace Prize committee's nomination
of Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an activist in Canada's north, for her work on
climate change. It also comes just days after Minister of the Environment,
John Baird, launched International Polar Year at a reception at which Geoff
Green and Students on Ice were honoured guests.
For further information:
For further information: Chris G. Ralph, Students on Ice Expeditions,
(819) 827-3300, Fax: (819) 827-9951, Toll Free: 866-336-6423,