The votes have been cast and the word is finally in: Former
Vice President Al Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change are the co-recipients of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The
Norwegian panel conferring the honors explained that the two parties were
deserving of the prestigious prize “for their efforts to build up and
disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the
foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”
There are few organizations with a more global focus than
the Nobel Foundation. Founded in 1901 by Renaissance-man Alfred Nobel, its
councils in Sweden and Norway
undertake the task of selecting annual winners whose activities have beneficially
impacted the world. In addition to the Peace Prize, awards are granted in the
fields of Medicine, Literature, Economics, Physics and Chemistry. Laureates
represent an extremely diverse range of countries, cultures, and backgrounds.
I think this year’s panel made an appropriate decision in
choosing Gore and the IPCC for the Peace Prize. Climate Change is an issue of
pivotal international importance, one that requires dedicated efforts on all
fronts to address. I saw Al Gore present his Inconvenient Truth lecture this
past spring, and it was inspiring. To me, he is an example of someone with a
truly global perspective–one with the courage to stand up to criticism in
defense of what he perceives to be our collective fate as Earth’s inhabitants.
Like the My Wonderful World campaign, he recognizes the need for public
awareness of global issues, and has made it his primary mission to educate
others. What a Noble cause (please excuse the pun).
What do you think about Al Gore winning the Nobel Prize?
Sarah for My Wonderful World