Two Norwegian member of parliament, BÃ¸rge Brende and Heidi SÃ¸rensen, have nominated both Al Gore and Canadian environmentalist Sheila Watt-Cloutier to share the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. From the article,
“Al Gore has done a very important job as former US VP and has created so much pressure in the USA that for the first time President Bush must now say that climate change is a problem. No other single person in the last year has done so much to put the threat of climate change on the agenda, and contributed to lasting changes in international policy,” BÃ¸rge Brende said.
“Sheila Watt-Cloutier has opened the world’s eyes to what is happening in the Arctic. When she communicated this, the climate debate took a new and important turn. She has communicated the drama and given it a face,” Heidi SÃ¸rensen said.
The two Norwegians feel that the nominations have a great chance of being recognized since The Nobel Committee “has previously been adept at addressing new threats with their awards.” I’m in agreement with them. I believe Gore might actually have a shot at not only the Oscar, but the Peace Prize as well. Say what you will about his stage delivery (which has improved dramatically), or the amount of emissions he alone generated promoting the film, but his impact has been massive. My mother-in-law watched his movie — twice. She’s now all caught up in doing everything possible to lessen her impact on the planet. She’s inspired. We need others to inspire. Give him the award. Let him share it with Sheila. Whatever. We should recognize their efforts in bringing attention to causes that have been grassroots for too long.
Not sure who Sheila Watt-Cloutier is? Check out her Wikipedia info here!