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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