Al Gore and UN-IPCC win Nobel Prize for Peace
London, UK - 12 October 2007, 23:34 GMT
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Post winning an Oscar for his climate chaos film "An Inconvenient Truth,"
the former US vice-president Al Gore, 59, was awarded the prestigious Nobel
Peace prize jointly with the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC). The IPCC, established in 1988, is tasked with providing policymakers
with neutral summaries of the latest findings and expertise in order to enable
them to counter climate chaos.
ATCA and The Philanthropia are delighted with this announcement because
we have regarded climate chaos as the number one global risk facing humanity
in the 21st century. Al Gore said his Nobel Peace Prize is an "honour"
and a chance to "elevate global consciousness" about the threat
posed by climate chaos. He said, "it truly is a planetary emergency and
we have to respond quickly" and he accepted the award on behalf of scientists
-- like those in the IPCC -- who had worked tirelessly for years to get the
message about global warming out. "This is the most dangerous challenge
we've ever faced," he said, speaking in Palo Alto, California. "I
will be doing everything I can to try to understand how to best use the honour
and recognition of this award as a way of speeding up the change in awareness,
and the change in urgency."
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it wanted to bring into sharper focus the
"increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states"
posed by destabilisation caused by climate chaos. The committee cited "their
efforts to build up and disseminate knowledge about man-made climate change".
Mr Gore was praised as "probably the single individual who has done most
to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be
adopted", through his lectures, films and books. He said he would donate
his half of the USD 1.5m prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection.
Mr Gore's Nobel prize selection has prompted well-wishers and supporters to
renew calls for him to stand in next year's US presidential race. Until now,
Mr Gore has resisted such calls. US President George W Bush, who defeated
Mr Gore in a bitter fight for the presidency in 2000, was "happy"
at the "important recognition" for his rival and the IPCC, according
to the White House.
The former vice-president has emerged as a leading and tireless global climate
campaigner. Mr Gore's 2006 documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth,"
was an unlikely box-office hit and won two Oscars. However, his film was also
criticised by a British judge this week for containing nine errors and for
being considered alarmist.
We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency
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