Nobel Peace Prize goes to Al Gore???
I subscribe to CNN’s “Breaking News” email alerts. This morning, I was “alerted” to the fact that Al Gore was just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Can someone please explain this one to me? What does Climate Change have to do with peace? Am I misunderstanding the word “peace” or “climate change?”
Sure, the prize has always been a little controversial, but let’s look at some of the recipients of the past:
- 1952 – Albert Schweitzer – for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding the Lambaréné Hospital in Gabon
- 1964 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, campaigner for civil rights.
- 1977 – Amnesty International – Campaign against torture
- 1979 – Mother Teresa – Poverty awareness campaigner
- 1984 – Desmond Mpilo Tutu – Anti-apartheid
- 1989 – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama – for his consistent resistance to the use of violence in his people’s struggle to regain their freedom.
- 1993 – Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk – “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”
- 2007 – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. – “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”
I picked some names that I recognized and knew other would also. Sing with me now… “One of these things is not like the others.” That last entry just doesn’t fit. What does it have to do with peace? Especially when there is all kinds of controversy as to whether “man-made climate change” actually exists.
Is it just me or is this a joke? Someone please enlighten me.