Former Vice President Al Gore, who wrapped up a remarkable year of honors Friday by sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with a U.N. scientific panel, said he will use the award to heighten awareness of “a true planetary emergency” from global warming and press the world’s nations to combat its threats.
For Gore, the award was a measure of vindication for his passionate commitment to climate change in the face of occasional ridicule and pointed political criticism dating back two decades. Coming seven years after a bitter defeat in his bid to win the White House, it also rekindled speculation about a possible 2008 presidential run, which his aides quickly sought to squelch.
His documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” won two Academy Awards and has been credited with changing the debate in America about global warming.
Gore said he was deeply honored to be cited for his work and to share the prize with the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Geneva-based committee of scientists established in 1988 to assess the dangers of man-made climate change.
“The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity,” Gore said.
“It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.”