How does climate change impact the Arctic region and what does it mean for the rest of the planet? And most importantly, what can be done?
Elizabeth "Libby" Cheney is the current Vice President of Exploration and Production for Shell Americas.
Cheney's responsibilities encompass Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE), Business Planning and Support, Contracts and Joint Ventures, and Communications and Government Affairs associated with Exploration and Production activities throughout North, Central, and South America.
Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and has been a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence since 01998. Her books include "The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One".
Susan Joy Hassol
As director of Climate Communication, Susan Joy Hassol is a climate change communicator, analyst, and author known for her ability to translate science into English, making complex issues accessible to policymakers and the public for two decades.
Active in sustainable development, environment policy, climate and energy policies for over 20 years, R. Andreas Kraemer has been Director of Ecologic Institute since its foundation in 1995.
In April 2008, he became chairman of the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC - Ecologic's newly incorporated presence.
Sven-Olof Lindblad traveled extensively with his father, learning early on the joy and wonder of exploring the pristine corners of the globe. As a young man, Sven spent six years in East Africa photographing elephants and wildlife and assisting filmmakers on a documentary about the destruction of African rainforests.
This early and deep exposure to the balance between man's relationship to natural resources was instrumental in Sven's efforts over the years, to find ways for his business to help preserve natural resources and get involved in conservation efforts.
In 1979, Sven Lindblad founded Special Expeditions as a division of Lindblad Travel, enabling the company to further its mission of offering innovative and educational travel expeditions that were primarily marine focused. Offerings expanded to Costa Rica, Alaska and Baja California, providing travelers with opportunities to explore, with small and nimble ships, the islands, coves and open spaces of the sea that reminded Lindblad of the remote and vast expanse of the Serengetti plains.
Dr. Jane Lubchenco is an American environmental scientist and marine ecologist. President Barack Obama nominated Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and she became the first woman to hold that position when confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 19, 2009.
Following her confirmation, Lubchenco declared that science would guide the agency and that she expects it to play a role in developing a green economy.
David Monsma is the executive director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Aspen Institute. Previously he was an assistant professor of law and social responsibility, teaching law and ethics in the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland.
He was also director of business and environment at Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco, and he served as the environmental management task force coordinator for the President's Council on Sustainable Development. He managed the environment program at the Council on Economic Priorities in New York City and was staff counsel and director of the Pollution Prevention Project for the Environmental Action Foundation in Washington, DC.
Frances Ulmer is a former American poltician. She was the first woman elected as Lieutenant Governor of the state of Alaska.
In March 2007, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton appointed Fran Ulmer as the University of Alaska Anchorage interim chancellor. In April 2008, Ulmer accepted the position of Chancellor on a permanent basis.
Charles P. Wohlforth is an Alaskan author and writer. Wohlforth's books include The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change.
That book won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, in the Science and Technology category, in 2004. Wohlforth is also an author of travel guides. His books include several annual editions of the Frommer's Alaska travel guidebook.