2007 Laureates

North America

Al Gore

During Al Gore’s 16-year career in the U.S. Congress and his eight-year term as Vice-President, he has made protecting the environment a pillar of his public service. He led Congressional efforts to clean up toxic dumps leading to the formation of the Superfund and held the first hearing on global climate change. In conjunction with his numerous trips around the world to visit those habitats most threatened by human intervention and climate change, he worked to educate fellow members of Congress and the American public on the dangers posed by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations as well political inaction in the face of a growing environmental crisis.

Mr. Gore and President William Clinton expended great efforts to protect habitat across the United States and expand terrestrial and aquatic national parks and wildlife refuges. He also helped in the negotiating and drafting of the Kyoto Protocol aimed at cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.

Since the conclusion of his public service he has continued his committed efforts on behalf of the environment. His critically-acclaimed documentary An Inconvenient Truth – based on his presentation on climate change and which he has shown more than 1,000 times across the world – has become the third-highest grossing documentary in the history of the United States. Mr. Gore continues to incorporate his passion for the environment into his professional career, where he serves as Chairman of an investment management firm whose strategy incorporates sustainability in its investment research.

Throughout his 30-year career, as a politician, author, statesman and entrepreneur, he has made, and continues to make, critical contributions to the protection of the environment.

Quotes

Pati Ruiz Corzo, Mexico
Champion of the Earth 2013 - Inspiration And Action

The problem was how to link the natural capital to the financial capital. How to recognize the services of this forest, of this jungle, of this biosphere reserve. To evaluate the bio capacity of the state - it has been our main concern.


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