Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Al Gore and the IPCC awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007!

Al Gore named 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner!

Live Earth extends our most enthusiastic and sincere congratulations to Al Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who share this year's Nobel Peace Prize "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."

We heartily share the view of the Nobel committee that Mr. Gore is "the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted" to solve the climate crisis.

We look forward to our ongoing work together to bring the movement to solve the climate crisis to even more of the world. We are thrilled that the Nobel Committee has chosen to recognize the leaders creating worldwide awareness and advocacy for the most pressing global issue of our time.

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I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change--the world's pre-eminent 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. 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 percent of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

Thank you,
Al Gore

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Thanks to my batchmate Mark G. for pointing this out! Ang galing ng Pinoy! :)

Something that you may probably don't know about the Nobel Peace Prize this year:

other recipient is an organization called IPCC which stands for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The organization was "established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation."

Here's where it gets interesting: Three of the scientists directly involved in the IPCC are from the Philippines, one of whom is a certain Dr. Felino Lansigan (UPLB Institute of Statistics), member of the technical working group of the IPCC. Dr. Felino Lansigan is the father of a Pisay '98 scholar, my batchmate Ian Lansigan :) The other Filipino scientists are Dr. Rex Cruz (UPLB) and Dr. Rose Perez (PAGASA).

Congrats to the Filipino scientists involved with IPCC!

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A joke from Ren, one of my current students: "Al Gore and the IPCC were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 for inventing global warming!"


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