Former US vice-president Al Gore has shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with a UN body for spreading awareness of man-made climate change and laying the foundations for countering it. The Nobel Committee insists that the prize was not aimed at the Bush administration which rejected the Kyoto accord and was widely criticised for not taking global warming seriously enough. In its citation, the committee has termed Gore as “probably the single individual to who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.”
Agreed, he has done films, documentaries, speeches, but does Gore really deserve the Peace Prize? Has the committee reduced the world’s biggest prize to the level of an Oscar Award by rewarding the man behind ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘? Is there a link between “his activities and world peace“, as one critic has asked? Or is it a triumph of political correctness? Although Gore’s film may have brought global awareness to the issue of global warming, does the award leave all the scientists and researchers who have been toiling for years in the lurch?