Today Al Gore, together with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work to alert the world to the threat of global warming. From the NY Times article:
Mr. Gore â€œis probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted,â€ the Nobel citation said, referring to the issue of climate change. The United Nations committee, a network of 2,000 scientists, has produced two decades of scientific reports that have â€œcreated an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming,â€ the citation said.
This morning I received an email from Senator Chuck Shumer (wow, how did Chuck get my email address?), with a link to website where I could sign a card congratulating Al Gore for the honor he had just received. And guess what? Al wrote me right back!
I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change–the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis–a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years. We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.
My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.
Now that we’re on a first-name basis, maybe Al would like to do the “Inconvenient Truth” presentation here in Flatbush!
Okay, all kidding aside… 2007 has been a momentous year for climate change awareness, and Al Gore surely deserves all the recognition he has received for his part in this. One great way to respond to his effort is to take the Alliance for Climate Protection’s 7-Point Pledge, which describes concrete steps we can take as citizens to translate awareness into action. We have a lot of work to do in 2008.