Good Day for Our Planet
As about half of the United States and Europe know by now, Al Gore and an UN agency, ICCP, are being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year, for their work on raising awareness about global warming. VP Gore has done much in bringing more research to this cause, as it is a serious problem. How it connects to peace is that he brought people together via a movie, appearances at various places, and a global concert back in July. He did so with his own passion and ability to do it with mainly private monies. This is true citizen activism at its best.
John Edwards was the first political candidate to send his congratulations publicly about the award:
Congratulations to Al Gore. The Nobel Peace Prize rewards three decades of Vice President Gore’s prescient and compelling – and often lonely – advocacy for the future of the Earth. His leadership stands in stunning contrast to the failure of the current administration to pursue policies that would reduce the harm of global warming.
“The Nobel Committee's recognition of Vice President Gore shines a bright light on the most inconvenient truth of all – the selection of George Bush as president has endangered the peace and prosperity of the entire planet.“Two terms later, Americans are ready for bold change, ready to be patriotic about something other than war and ready to take action to stop global warming before it's too late. The stakes are sky-high – as Al Gore predicted, our Earth is in the balance.
Happy Friday, Al. I don't envy all of the bloggers, artists, politicians, and reporters who are clamoring to speak to you on your special day. And to Senator Jim Inhofe, even you cannot deny that Al Gore is on to something.
Update: Here's a class act, Nobel Recipient, Al Gore:
Nutkuses (a term my spouse uses):
Republican Shill, Cheri Jacobus
Republican Presidential Candidate, John McCain
And the most classy of all of the Republican Party, its leader, GWB, who won't even call Gore to congratulate him, as an American statesman/citizen, personally.
At the White House, Mr Bush’s spokesman insisted, possibly through gritted teeth, that the President shared Mr Gore’s joy — but had no plans to speak to him. “
Enjoy Al Gore's fellow Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge from Live Earth: