Al Gore has vowed to use his Nobel peace prize to speed up the change in awareness about global warming. However, the former US vice president has refused to say whether he’ll now change his mind and enter the US presidential campaign as a Democratic candidate, which is the hope of some supporters.
Gore says he’ll donate his share of the Nobel prize money to a group he founded last year to raise awareness about climate change. “It is the most dangerous challenge we’ve ever faced but it is also the greatest opportunity that we have ever had to make changes.”
Gore shares the award with a UN panel which is trying to find ways to fight global warming. Its chairman is Rajendra Pachauri. He said: “I think climate change has the potential to disrupt stability and peace all over the world. I hope that won’t happen to a degree where it becomes a major global problem, but we know that we’re living in a world where there are enormous disparities of income and wealth.”
Gore describes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis.