Community Wind Energy 2008: Lunch Speaker Ann Bancroft

Ann Bancroft and Norwegian Liv Arnesen became the first women to cross Antarctica on foot, a 94 day, 1,717 mile journey in February 2001. In 1993 Ann led the first all-women expedition to reach the South Pole and in 1986 traveled 1,000 miles from the Northwest Territories in Canada to the North Pole by dogsled as the only female of the Steger International Polar Expedition. She founded the Ann Bancroft Foundation, which promotes the potential and achievements of women and girls. Bancroft's expeditions have been followed by BBC, CNN, National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News and NBC's Today Show.

The Journey Continues

A 20-year retrospective of polar exploration with Ann Bancroft

Join polar explorer, Ann Bancroft, as she shares her first hand stories of exploration to the far ends of the Earth and shares with us the environmental changes that she’s experienced first hand as she takes us on a journey to the far reaches of the Earth’s polar regions. Bancroft became the first known woman to cross the ice to the North Pole in 1986 where she and 7 male explorers traveled the Arctic Ocean primarily by dogsled. Bancroft joins us to share stories of that expedition, her return to the Arctic Ocean in 2004 and the climactic changes she experienced in a 20-year span. Join Bancroft as she takes her audience across not only the Arctic Ocean but also the Antarctic, spanning 1993 to 2001, when she became the first woman, with Norwegian Polar Explorer, Liv Arnesen, to ski across Antarctica.

Former schoolteacher and environmental activist, Ann’s entire adult life has been dedicated to education which has been woven with environmental activism throughout her many journeys. Whether fighting to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, writing about the changes in the Arctic and Antarctic regions or packing out along her many expeditions, Ann has been a role model for environmental activism for young and old, alike. Ann’s stunning images and messages of hope infuse audiences with a feeling that anything is possible and that in the small things we do, collectively we do make a difference.