Gore to Receive Sierra Club’s Highest Award
SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 24, 2007 (ENS) – Former Vice President Al Gore, who has spent 30 years making the world aware of the dangers of global warming, will receive the Sierra Club’s top award this year, the environmental group announced today.
Between his earliest political career in 1976 as a representative of Tennessee’s Fourth District, and his two-term vice presidency beginning in 1993, Gore helped set the political and popular stages for prime-time environmentalism, the Sierra Club said today.
These are not the only awards Gore has won since his movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ won two Academy Awards this past February — one that even the Supreme Court of the United States had to accept. Here’s a list of other awards that he’s garnered since that day and not just in this country but all over the world.
Why did the Sierra Club see fit to give the award to Gore?
The award Gore will receive, the John Muir Award, commemmorates Sierra Club founder John Muir, who lived from 1838 to 1914. His letters, essays, and books about the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California are still read today. His direct actions helped to save the Yosemite Valley and other wilderness areas.
“Al Gore is the embodiment of the principles for which John Muir passionately devoted his life: to protect a place for its own sake, for our sake, and even in spite of us; a place we call Earth,” said Sierra Club President Dr. Robbie Cox.
Gore’s interest in and leadership on environmental issues goes back a long ways
* Few politicians on Capitol Hill can match Gore’s prescience in predicting the dangers posed by Climate Change. He was the very first to hold congressional hearinngs on this critical issue — in the 1970’s. In other words, to paraphrase a popular country music song, Gore was promoting environmentalist causes before “environmentalism was cool.”
* Following the release of his documentary, Gore has trained and inspired fellow environmentalists not just in this country but all over the world and has been a relentless promoter of his cause.
* His ‘Live Earth’ concerts on seven continents (including Antarctica) was a major world-wide event this past July and have only increased speculation from unlikely sources that should he win the Nobel Peace Prize on October 12th, he ought to strongly consider declaring his candidacy for President of the United States. If he chooses to do so, he’d be a formidable candidate.
Can any present or former politician come even close to matching this record? If there is one, his or her name escapes me. I know for a fact that he’s the only one to have a dish named after him, with ‘The Al Gore’ dish making its debut in Australia earlier this month.
In a major global survey conducted recently by the Pew Research Center, Climate Change was cited as the leading problem facing the world according to a report in USA Today
WASHINGTON – Pollution and other environmental problems increasingly are seen as the leading threat the world faces, according to a massive survey of global public opinion released Wednesday. The United States is given much of the blame for those problems and the responsibility to respond to them.
The Pew Research Center poll, taken in 46 countries and the Palestinian territories, found that people in countries as diverse as Canada, Peru, Ukraine, China and India identified environmental degradation as the greatest world danger, outranking concerns about nuclear weapons, ethnic hatred and AIDS.
I heard today on ‘Hardball’ that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon had wanted the UN General Assembly Meeting in New York to focus on Climate Change as a serious threat to the world. True to form, what does George W. Bush do in his UN address earlier today? He barely mentioned it. Al Gore, on the other hand, called for regular environmental summits according to this Reuters report
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The world’s top leaders should meet every three months, starting next year, until a plan is drawn up to reduce emissions blamed for global warming, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Monday.
Gore, who has made climate change his signature issue since leaving the White House, told a U.N. meeting that presidents and prime ministers should go to Bali this year for talks on a follow-up pact to the Kyoto Protocol, which runs out in 2012.
Traditionally, environment ministers or lower-level negotiators attend the annual U.N. climate change talks, but Gore said leaders should go from now on and then hold follow-up meetings.
“I would like to propose … that the heads of state around the world call an emergency session of this gathering for the beginning of next year to review the results of Bali,” he said.
They should “continue to meet at the head of state level every three months until a treaty is successfully arrived at,” Gore said. “We cannot continue business as usual.”
Yes, Al, we are not going to see any serious effort to minimize (if not altogether eliminate) the dangerous problems caused by Climate Change. If we’re only going to see incremental changes, which you’ve said in the past are unacceptable, then what are your options?
As you’ve done for decades, it is time for you step up, accept the challenge, and demonstrate your leadership skills. Consider running for the presidency that was denied to you in 2000.