Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to
spread awareness of man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for
the measures needed to counteract it.
I know that there are a few who will be upset by this choice, who have already asked, "What does Global Warming have to do with Peace?" This is just one more indication that a very large chunk of the World holds them to be willfully ignorant of the issues facing our population.
Jan Egeland, a Norwegian peace mediator and former U.N. undersecretary
for humanitarian affairs, also called climate change more than an environmental
"It is a question of war and peace," said Egeland, now director of the
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo. "We're already seeing the
first climate wars, in the Sahel belt of Africa." He said nomads and herders are
in conflict with farmers because the changing climate has brought drought and a
shortage of fertile lands.