Al Gore is co-winner of this year's Nobel Peace prize. The former Vice President and the U.N. Climate Change Agency are honored for raising awareness of the dangers of global warming. Gore's global warming documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” won an Oscar this year.
The announcement that Gore will share the award with the UN group was made in Oslo, Norway. They won for their efforts to spread knowledge about global warming.
Al Gore says he is “deeply honored” to be named co-recipient of the prize.
Gore says the bottom line is, “we face a true planetary emergency.” He says it is not a political issue, but rather a “moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”
Gore and the UN climate panel will share the $1.5 Million prize. They beat out a field of 179 other candidates. The UN group's 2500 researchers have worked to confirm a connection between human activities and global warming.
Gore says he'll donate his share of the $1.5 million award that goes with the prize to a non-profit alliance devoted to spreading the message about the urgency of the climate crisis.
Since leaving office in 2001, Gore has lectured extensively on climate change and last year starred in his own Oscar winning documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth," which warns of the dangers of global warming.