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Lowell Thomas Award Call to Nomination for Members

The 2013 Lowell Thomas Awards
Justice: Field Exploration as a Splendid Exchange
Washington, D.C.
October 26, 2013

Call for Award Nominations
We are seeking nominations for pre-eminent explorers who have demonstrated the principle and quality of just dealing or right action in field exploration. The candidate’s work must extend beyond individual achievement to communicate his or her findings to benefit others.

The Flag and Honors Committee invites you to participate by nominating explorers and scientists who are making exceptional contributions in the fields of exploration, scientific research, and who are dedicated to the principles of The Explorers Club as set forth in Articles II and III of the By-laws.

Click Here for Award Nomination Guidelines

Exploration demands not only extensive preparation and training, but also a reasonable understanding of the consequences of exploration. Exploration has all too often been associated with exploitation – a one-way relationship between a data gather and the subject of study, be it a land, a people or species. It is imperative that explorers exhibit the utmost respect for the natural laws that govern the environments and peoples they encounter, exhibiting just behavior or treatment—minimizing one’s ecological footprint, sharing findings, and using knowledge to help others so as to ensure all stakeholders benefit in tangible ways from the exchange: Conforming to truth and fact, exhibiting the principle of just dealing or right action.

Successful exploration requires keen awareness of the impact of the expedition on the surrounding environment, people and cultures. In the field, just behavior, treatment or action is required.

This year, the Lowell Thomas Awards will celebrate those explorers who have exhibited an extraordinary capacity to balance their quests for knowledge and exploration with the principle of just dealing or right action.

A few such examples would be:
• Using first-hand knowledge of regions seldom in the news to highlight the plights of their people
• Exploring outer space and claims made relevant to its colonization and development
• Exploring oceans and claims to its landmass and natural resources
• Reconciling loss of habitat due to climate change
• Not only studying animal migration, but once understood, using that knowledge to design wildlife corridors and other programs to protect the species
• Traveling light so that you leave little evidence of your presence

The Lowell Thomas Award is intended to celebrate excellence and is not solely limited to Explorers Club members.  However, you must be an Explorers Club member in good standing to make a nomination.  You are invited to submit a one or two page written award nomination letter, with the candidate’s curriculum vitae and exploration record details to:

Flag and Honors Committee
Constance Difede, VP for Flag and Honors
46 East 70th Street
New York, NY10021

Letters must be postmarked by April 26, 2013.

We will accept a one to two page written nomination letter and support documents as an attachment by email to: Emerald Nash.  Please note, the signed nomination letter must be posted marked by April 26, 2013 and mailed to the address above. Website and search engine results will not be considered.

The awards will be presented at The Lowell Thomas celebration in Washington, D.C. on October 26, 2013.

We thank you for your participation in the search to recognize exceptional explorers.

Published by : Kevin Murphy

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