Well most of you must already know the news by now; I’ve been expecting it and was pretty sure it would happen, and even though I’m a bit late, I just had to write about it: US Former Vice President Al Gore and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.
Gore, whose film “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar earlier this year, has made climate change the focus of his public life in the years since he lost the 2000 US presidential election.
There’s a lot of talk today going on about how Al Gore shouldn’t have won the nobel prize, and how its value is being wasted on him and the other environment advocates.
Personally, I think the people saying that are the same kind of people who got us into this environmental mess in the first place. There’s nothing that we have that is more valuable than our planet, if people who actually care and want to make a difference in this area aren’t worthy of this award, then I don’t know who is.
Al Gore now joins Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter among prominent U.S. politicians to have won the prestigious prize.