Environment & Global Warming

Robert Ballard

Dr. Robert Ballard is also the founder and president of the Institute For Exploration (IFE) at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Specializing in deep-sea archaeology, IFE's goal is to establish this new field of research utilizing evolving technology, such as advanced mapping and imaging systems, underwater robotics and remotely operated vehicles. Another Institute for Exploration objective is to share Ballard's most recent discoveries with guests in the Challenge of the Deep exhibition, completed as part of a $52 million expansion at Mystic Aquarium in 1999.

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Ed Begley, Jr.

Edward James "Ed" Begley, Jr. is an American actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

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Paul Bledsoe

Paul Bledsoe has worked for more than 20 years at a senior level in Congress, the executive branch, and the private sector on key national issues including energy and environmental policy, natural resources, health care, and budget and tax policy. From 1998 to 2000, he served as communications director of the White House Climate Change Task Force under President Clinton.

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Sebastian Copeland

Inspiring Adventurer, Photographer and Speaker on the Environment. Sebastian Copeland holds four world and Guinness records in the polar regions. He has crossed the Arctic Ocean on foot, the Greenland Ice Cap in its length and the Antarctica continent from its east to west axis. He has been charged alone by polar bears, fell through the ice in minus forty degrees, and has had frostbites on almost all his extremities.

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Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton has almost single-handedly made it okay to be over 50--by proving that women can be vivacious and beautiful at any age. Hutton has consistently shown how to age and navigate transition successfully. This once-super-model turned style icon has appeared in over 25 movies and hundreds of fashion spreads and ad campaigns. Hutton is living proof that self-confidence, spunk and individuality are the real stuff of beauty.

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Vaclav Klaus

Vaclav Klaus is the former President of the Czech Republic, the Former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (1992-1997) and Former President of the Czech Parliament, Chamber of Deputies (1998-2002). Considered one of Eastern Europe’s most influential post-Communist leaders, he was previously Finance Minister in the former Czechoslovakia, presiding over revolutionary economic reforms. He has published over 20 books on general social, political and economic themes.

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Ann McElhinney

Not Evil Just Wrong, a film which examines the devastating consequences of the global warming hysteria. The film highlights the tragic consequences of the first triumph of the environmental movement, the ban on DDT, which has needlessly resulted in the deaths of more than 40 million children and adults in the developing world.

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Bill Nye

Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society. Nye is the host of two currently-running television series. “The 100 Greatest Discoveries” airs on the Science Channel. “The Eyes of Nye” airs on PBS stations across the country. Bill was asked to speak at his former professor Carl Sagan’s memorial service and has since moved from being a regular member of the Planetary Society to becoming a member of the Board of Directors.

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Rajendra Kumar Pachauri

Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is the chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change. He is also director general of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), a major independent research organization providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is California's 38th Governor, a Cultural Icon and Environmental Crusader. This world-famous athlete and actor was born in Thal, Austria in 1947, and by the age of 20 was dominating the sport of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title. Most notably, Schwarzenegger made California a world leader on renewable energy and combating climate change with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, set a revolutionary political reform agenda.

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Roy Spencer

Roy W. Spencer received his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Before becoming a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001, he was a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where he and Dr. John Christy received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites. Dr. Spencer’s work with NASA continues as the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

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Ted Turner

Throughout his career, Ted Turner has received recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen, sharp business skills, leadership qualities, and his unprecedented philanthropy. Whether in billboard advertisement, cable television, sports team ownership, sailing, environmental initiatives or philanthropy – Turner’s vision, determination, generosity and forthrightness have consistently given the world reason to take notice.

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