News from Oslo this morning–Vice President Al Gore, Hon. ASLA, and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for their work raising awareness about man-made global climate change. The group was selected by the Nobel Committee from a field of 181 candidates.
In a statement released this morning, VP Gore said he was honored to receive the Nobel Prize, adding “[The] 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.”
The New York Times also reports that “[Gore] said he would donate his share of the $1.5 million that accompanies the prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization devoted to conveying the urgency of solving the climate crisis.”
VP Gore, originally scheduled to be the closing session speaker at ASLA’s Annual Meeting, was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting due to a death in his family [third item]. However, he was able to deliver a special message via satellite from Tennessee following ASLA Fellow Lawrence Halprin’s speech.