Al Gore Receives Nobel Peace Prize

Former Vice President, Oscar winner and environmental activist Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his efforts to educate the public, challenge scientists and spur political action on climate change and global warming.

“I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said. “This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s preeminent 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,” he continued. “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% of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan nonprofit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.”
“Vice President Gore, while he is seen as an environmentalist, has done more than any other person to alert the world that global warming is a looming human disaster, and that’s why the Nobel Peace Prize is so appropriate,” noted Philip E. Clapp, president of the National Environmental Trust. “The 2,500 scientists of the IPCC have been laboring since the late 1980s to forecast what we face.

“Global warming is no longer an environmental issue; it is a moral issue,” Clapp confirmed. “We now know that up to 600 million people will face water shortages within the next several decades. Up to 100 million people a year will be displaced by increasingly severe storms and flooding—a refugee flood every year equal to the size of the population of Mexico. The question Americans face is: Will this be a priority for our country? Will we lead the world in cutting emissions and helping those facing the worst impacts? Or will we focus on our own self-interest? That’s the question Al Gore has been asking for 20 years, and the IPCC’s science now confirms that it’s the right one.”

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  • Ellen Holder  October 21, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    I think Al Gore did a great job of bringing attention to global warming to the forefront. Now if only someone equally famous would put together a documentary on how synthetic chemicals are killing us and the planet.

    The effects of carbon emissions from our insatiable appetite for energy may be melting the polar ice caps and endangering the polar bears, but Perchlorate in our ground water is compromising the healthy function of thyroid in both man and beast. Increasingly prescribed over the decades, synthetic hormones have also found their way into our lakes, streams and drinking water and already there are populations of frogs found with both male and female organs. Though banned more than 30 years ago, DDT can still be found in the breast milk of women all over the globe.

    Since the Second World War, over 80,000 new synthetic chemicals have been manufactured and released into our environment, with 1,500 new chemicals introduced every year. With this increase come all sorts of problems with adverse interactions and unknown synergistic effects. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to isolate any one chemical in the body to find harmful effects. We are all walking test tubes with hundreds of toxins interacting in our liver, fat stores and active blood stream.

    The medical research community continues to look for single smoking guns. A drug that cures cancer or a toxin that causes it. None of it is that simple. With research showing one out of three people in the U.S. will develop cancer in their lifetime, do we really think that global warming is our biggest concern? Yes, we should save energy and cut green house gases. But we should also quit poisoning ourselves and the planet. Eating healthy, fresh foods, cleaning with a little “elbow grease” instead of “Scrub Free”, and purchasing natural products will do more for us and the planet than any synthetic chemical or drug ever could.

    The poisoning of our planet may well be a greater threat to us than global warming.

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