To create awareness of environmental sustainability through education of protected areas that are considered natural phenomena with exceptional aesthetic importance and fragile ecosystems for future generations. We seek to increase passion, conservation efforts, and volunteerism by immersing students in research efforts that are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering such as our efforts focusing on expanding scientific insight of marine animals, especially sharks, and advancing marine policy and conservation.
We will travel to environmentally sensitive areas to do research on fragile ecosystems, climates and sustainability efforts that are impacted by climate change. We will provide scientific education by giving lectures and presentations to discuss the results of the research compiled during the excursion to these unique areas. Additionally, we will utilize the corporation’s website and media outlets to provide facts, statistics, data, research articles and photos on the specific ecological findings during the excursion as well as opportunities to aid these areas.
Our programs include sending travellers to areas of importance to raise awareness about the local and global effects of climate change and environmental sustainability in order to provide guidance and offer action plans to aid and alter the effects of such areas.
To maximize our impact on current efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations, which fall under 501(c)(3) section of the internal revenue code and are operated exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable- purposes.
At times per the discretion of the board of directors we may provide internships or volunteer opportunities, which will aid in or allow for increased involvement in certain activities and programs that will raise awareness that will help make a greater impact for change.
Discover and understand global environmental challenges through firsthand experience in the globe's most remote environs. GEA seeks to educate others and establish environmental awareness by training for expeditions, working in or operating in or gathering information about our Earth's extreme ecosystems.
Offering a unique opportunity to learn about the environment while experiencing the environment, Global Eco Adventures gives students, lawyers, industry leaders, environmentalist, and interested citizens a chance to get a first-hand understanding of the planet and the challenges it faces.
The expeditions are designed to ensure a timely and substantive examination of issues impacting the global environment. They feature a faculty of respected academics and professionals who have lectured at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities across the United States and internationally.
We also seek professional certification for our trips to ensure that participants receive required CLE and CEU credits for their continuing education and immersion training.
Leadership is developed through real-world experience, solid fundamentals (taught by proven leaders from a variety of disciplines), and exacting individual and team skills-training.
That’s where GEA comes in. That’s what we do. We develop novice leaders and enhance the skills of already-developed professional leaders.
The GEA team and those whom we support strive to be standard-bearers in terms of risk-mitigation both to persons and environs. Survival-skills development and safety (both in training and in the field) are two of the key foundational underpinnings in all GEA programs and expeditions.
The ultimate objective all GEA expeditions is to provide GEA leaders, student-leaders, lawyers, industry leaders, environmentalists, other leaders, interested citizens, and the general public a chance to gain a revelatory understanding of the planet and the environmental challenges we face.
After leading environmental expeditions to all continents and dives in all of the world’s oceans, Tom Mullikin formed Global Eco Adventures, a non-profit organization dedicated to visiting and studying the Earth’s most fragile ecosystems.
Tom Mullikin serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Global Eco Adventures.
Mullikin has been recognized as an expert in climate change, corporate sustainability and global environmental management issues. Mullikin has led environmental expeditions to every continent to study fragile ecosystems and build environmental awareness. His extensive travel, including multiple trips to the Artic and Antarctic, where he has received certification as a Polar Diver for several dives in the Arctic and Antarctic sea. These expeditions provide context to his work as a senior environmental attorney.
Mullikin's nearly 30 years of experience includes key legislative staff roles, direct legislative advocacy, extensive environmental legal representation, management of environmental and energy issue campaigns for industry, domestic and international crisis management and management of extractive industries.
Having led environmental expeditions to every continent, Mullikin brings a unique blend of first-hand experience, critical legal analysis, and community and stakeholder involvement to the leadership of his firm’s Government, Policy and Regulatory Affairs team.
Mullikin presently serves as Executive in Residence for Environmental Policy at Coastal Carolina University and formerly served as the Associate Director of Law and Policy Doctorate Program at Northeastern University. He has spoken on the intersection of the economy and environmental challenges at international conferences such as the Woodrow Wilson Center Cross Border Energy Forum, and in Australia, Russia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, as well as across the United States in conjunction with industry associations and state and regional chambers of commerce.
He previously served as Vice President and Chief Counsel of the world’s largest environmental service company at the time and has served as the General Counsel to the Environmental Management Association. He has served on state legislative and congressional staffs, and as an advisor and campaign manager to senior members of Congress and U.S. Presidential candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the D.C. Bar, and is admitted to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Mullikin is the author of Global Solutions: Demanding Total Accountability for Climate Change, The Maxims of Politics: Making Government Work, Sportsman Environmentalist, Truck Stop Politics: Understanding the Emerging Force of Working Class America, and Profiles in Optimism: Stories of Brave Individuals Who Looked at Adversity and Saw Hope. He has been widely published in both legal and mainstream periodicals, including UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, and Campaigns and Elections Magazine, among others. Further, he has been quoted for his experience in both the law and the environment by major national and local newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Associated Press. He also has appeared on numerous broadcast networks and their affiliates, including CSPAN, PBS, FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC.
Global Solutions: Demanding Total Accountability for Climate Change. Vox Populi Publishers, 2007.
Sportsman Environmentalist. Vox Populi Publishers, 2009.
The Maxims of Politics: Making Government Work. Vox Populi Publishers, 2009.
Truck Stop Politics: Understanding the Emerging Force of Working Class America. Vox Populi Publishers, 2006.
“Guiding Principles for Creating Environmental Regulations That Work.” Air Pollution XVII. Eds. C.A. Brebbia & V. Popov. WIT Press, 2009.
“Balancing preserving the environment with economic development in the Caucasus Mountains." ABA SIL International Environmental Law Committee Newsletter (January 2013)
“Another Voice: Opponents of fracking get a free ride from critics.” The Buffalo News” (October 23, 2012).
“Fracking has a 60-year Safety Record.” The Fayetteville Observer (October 17, 2011).
“Recipe for Disaster: Increasing Risk of Terrorism, Decreasing Resources.” World Defense Review. (May 30, 2010); also published Canada Free Press. (May 31, 2010).
“Don’t Jeopardize Montana’s Energy Future.” The Big Sky Weekly (Nov. 13, 2009).
“Currency Manipulation and South Carolina Manufacturing.” Made in SC Magazine (Oct. 2008): 30-1.
“Two Seconds Between Me and Death.” Huntinamibia (2007): 22-3.
“Inextricably Intertwined – Environmental Management and the Public.” Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 17.3 (Spring 2005): 393-433.
“Community Participation in Environmental Protection.” UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 21 (2002-03): 75-95.
“Public Disclosure Can Help Limit Scope of Environmental Problems.” Charlotte Business Journal (July 4, 2003).
“Business and the Environment: Concentrate on Issues that Unite” Vital Speeches of the Day 65.11 (Mar. 15, 1999): 333-6.
“Environmental Justice.” Environmental Solutions 8.5 (May 1995): 77.
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PRESENTATIONS
“Public Participation in Environmental Management.” Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, October 13, 2011.
“Public Participation in Environmental Management.” Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, August 11, 2011.
“Public Participation in Environmental Management.” Oxford University, London, England, May 2, 2011.
“Effectively Managing the Risks Associated with Climate Change.” MAPI Manufacturers Alliance, Risk Management Council Meeting, Miami, FL, January 27, 2011.
"California Regulatory Policies and the State Economy." California Regulatory Landscape - Getting it Right, Industrial Environmental Association/California Manufacturers and Technology Association Environmental Summit, San Diego, CA, October 22, 2010.
"California Regulatory Policies and the State Economy." Manufacturers Council of the Central Valley, Modesto, CA, October 20, 2010.
"California Regulatory Policies and the State Economy." California Manufacturers and Technology Association, Sacramento, CA, October 19, 2010.
“Challenging the Endangerment Finding.” Virginia Industry Environmental Conference, Richmond, VA, September 17, 2010.
“Regional Cap and Trade Agreements and Low Carbon Fuel Standards.” State Energy and Climate Policy Summit, Cleveland, OH, September 15, 2010.
“Regional Climate Change Programs.” American Legislative Exchange Council Spring Task Force Summit, St. Louis, MO, April 23, 2010.
“Climate Change Policy & Politics.” Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 10, 2009.
“Pending Federal Climate & Energy Legislation: A Business Primer.” Consumer Energy Alliance, Sioux Falls, SD, November 20, 2009.
“Pending Federal Climate & Energy Legislation: A Business Primer.” Consumer Energy Alliance, Kalamazoo, MI, November 19, 2009.
“Pending Federal Climate & Energy Legislation: A Business Primer.” Consumer Energy Alliance, Grand Rapids, MI, November 18, 2009.
“Pending Federal Climate & Energy Legislation: A Business Primer.” Consumer Energy Alliance, Lansing, MI, November 17, 2009.
“Pending Federal Climate & Energy Legislation: A Business Primer.” Cleveland / Bradley Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland, TN, October 29, 2009.
“Pending Federal Climate & Energy Legislation: A Business Primer.” Consumer Energy Alliance, Nashville, TN, October 28, 2009.
“Pending Federal Climate & Energy Legislation: A Business Primer.” Montana Policy Institute, Helena, MT, October 27, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, October 12, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, Wheeling, WV, September 10, 2009.
“Guiding Principles for Creating Environmental Regulations That Work.” 17th International Conference on Modeling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution, Tallinn, Estonia, July 22, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Institute of Geology, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, July 21, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” American Water Works Association, San Diego, CA, June 16, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” National Association of Counties, Western Interstate Regional Conference, Pendleton, OR, May 22, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Southern Company Climate Change and Economic Update, Montgomery, AL, May 11, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Utah Association of Counties Management Conference, Richfield, UT, April 16, 2009.
“Changes in Economics, Changes in Climate. “ Albemarle Rotary, Albemarle, NC, March 26, 2009.
“Climate Change, Is the Clock Ticking on Your County?” National Association of Counties, Annual Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C., March 9, 2009.
“Grassroots Issue Campaign Training.” Coalition for a Prosperous America, Washington, D.C., February 23, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio, TX, January 22, 2009.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Rogue Valley Chamber of Commerce, Medford, OR, December 8, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Washington County Commission, St. George, UT, December 3, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Minnesota & Rochester Chambers of Commerce, Rochester, MN, November 19, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Minnesota & Mankato Chambers of Commerce, Mankato, MN, November 18, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” National Association of Manufacturers & Associated Industries of Florida, Tampa, FL, November 13, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” National Association of Manufacturers & New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry, Albuquerque, NM, November 6, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Loyola University New Orleans, Distinguished Lecturer, New Orleans, LA, October 15, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” University of the Ozarks Distinguished Speaker Series, Clarksville, AR, October 14, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” National Association of Manufacturers & Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry, Denver, CO, October 9, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” National Association of Manufacturers & Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry, Colorado Springs, CO, October 8, 2008.
“Truck Stop Politics: Understanding the Emerging Force of Working Class America.” American Mold Builders Association 2008 Fall Conference, Washington D.C., October 3, 2008.
“Carbon Standards: What is the Right Choice for the United States and Canada?” Woodrow Wilson Center Cross Border Energy Forum, Chicago, IL, October 2, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge: What Approach Makes Sense for the Environment and the Economy?” Minnesota Chamber of Commerce 2008 Annual Meeting & Issue Conference, St. Paul, MN, October 1, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Wichita, KS, August 13, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Overland Park, KS, August 12, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Minnesota, Hibbing & Grand Rapids Chambers of Commerce, Hibbing, MN, July 9, 2008.
“Government Policy Recommendations That Can Steer Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles and a U.S. “Hydrogen Highway” Back on Track.” 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Brisbane, Australia, June 16, 2008.
“Meeting the Global Climate Challenge.” Minnesota & Duluth Chambers of Commerce, Duluth, MN, May 29, 2008.
“Global Problems, Individual Solutions: What the Individual Can Do to Address Climate Change and How our Government Can Help.” Climate Change Symposium (Certified Continuing Legal Education Seminar), Machu Picchu, Peru, December 2007.
“Global Solutions: Demanding Total Accountability for Climate Change.” Illinois Governors State University, Distinguished Lecturer, University Park, IL, October 29, 2007.
“Climate Change and Public Participation: Now More Than Ever.” 9th Annual EUEC Conference and Expo, Tucson, AZ, January 23, 2006.
“Climate Change: Global Problems, Global Solutions.” Global Climate Change Symposium (Certified Continuing Legal Education Seminar), Windhoek, Namibia, October 2006.
“The Kyoto Protocol, Major Movements to Address Global Warming, and the Role of Corporations.” Global Warming Symposium (Certified Continuing Legal Education Seminar), Argentina and Antarctica, December 2005.
“Public Participation in Environmental Management.” 6th International Symposium on Environmental Contamination, Prague, Czech Republic, September 3, 2003.
“Global Public Participation in Environmental Protection.” 3rd International Congress on Waste Management and Recycling, Moscow, Russia, June 3, 2003.
“Project Prestige Crisis Management Training and Preliminary Action Plan.” Embassy of the United States of America in Spain, Madrid, Spain, November 26, 2002.
“The Rise of Citizen Lawsuits in Environmental Litigation.” The Network of Trial Law Firms Litigation Management Supercourse 2001, Palm Beach, FL, October 27, 2001.
“Hazardous/Toxic Waste Management Training.” Gaosheng, Taiwan, March 1999.
Thomas Mullikin, Jr. serves as Nature and Public Affairs Director where he leads various environmental training expeditions and seminars. Mullikin is a 2012 Graduate of the University of South Carolina and a 2011 graduate of the South Carolina Master Naturalist program. Mullikin is a former NCAA Division I tennis player where he was recognized as the Most Improved Player. He is a black belt in Karate and serves as a Self Defense Instructor.
Mullikin has been recognized for his global travels including climbing some of the highest mountains on earth (highest peak in Europe - Mt. Elbrus; highest peak in South America - Mt. Aconcagua; highest peak in Australia and many other peaks around the world). He is also an experienced scuba diver where he has been awarded the coveted certified shark feeder for feeding sharks at depth outside a cage.
A strong supporter of community and civic organizations, Mullikin serves on the Board of the JayCees, Ducks Unlimited Kershaw County Chapter and as a Lieutenant in the South Carolina State Guard.
“It is my opinion that Mr. Tom Mullikin, a senior environmental attorney. . . is one of the most persuasive and well cited researchers in this policy area . . .”
- President & CEO Brett A. Vassey, Virginia Manfacturers Association, in testimony before the US Senate.
“Tom Mullikin – and those like him who have climbed many of the world's great summits – is a model of perseverance.”
- Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), MEDAL OF HONOR recipient
“Men like Mullikin are the kinds of men who push the envelope beyond normal human endurance to achieve life's great summits.”
- Richard Marcinko, founder and first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six
"COL Tom Mullikin is a patriot to be sure. But he's much more; He's a patriotic defender of the importance of a strong national defense, who vigorously - and publicly - champions the necessity of Congressional leadership which supports a strong military, law enforcement, and intelligence community."
- Clare Lopez, CIA Operations Officer (Ret.)
“Mullikin sets the example for those willing to push beyond their perceived limits.”
- Commander Mark Divine, U.S. Navy SEALs (Ret.), honorman graduate of his Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) class who today operates SEALFIT
“I've known Tom Mullikin for years, and he epitomizes the warrior ethos. A man of integrity, Tom has shown the courage to face dangers and challenges only those of us who have been in infantry combat would fully understand.”
- Lt. Col. Bill Connor, U.S. Army infantry officer (Ranger) and former senior military adviser in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
“…extraordinary in adventure travel circles”
“Sir Ernest Shackleton needed a man like Lt. Col. [today Brig. Gen.] Thomas Stowe Mullikin”
- HUMAN EVENTS (2012)
“…widely considered an expert in energy issues, health care, the environment, and global climate change”
- THE DAILY CALLER
“Tom is interested in helping people of the world understand environmental issues. It is a privilege and honor to serve with such a great man.”
- Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, Adjutant General of S.C.
“Mullikin has traveled all over the globe scaling monumental mountain peaks and has SCUBA-dived in every ocean.”
- THE STATE newspaper
“Because of his extraordinary work, I can confidently affirm that Colonel Mullikin’s efforts are meaningful contributing to the whole of our national security efforts. Colonel Mullikin’s actions reflect well on himself as a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps and as an able member of the State Guard. As his friend and supervisor, I consider him to be a source of sincere personal pride and admiration. Working with Colonel Mullikin in both his Army Reserve and civilian capacities has given me the utmost confidence him as an officer and a leader.”
- Mark S. Martins, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Chief Prosecutor
"Mullikin has brought a strong sense of duty and love of state along with a wealth of experience and network of respected leaders across South Carolina to his post as Deputy Commander of the South Carolina State Guard. In short, in little more than a year he has transformed the State Guard into a meaningful asset for our great state and the SC Military Department."
- SC Senator Thomas C. Alexander