Congratulations to former Vice President Al Gore, who received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize today for his "efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."
Throughout his time in public service, Gore has been a champion of change and an unwavering advocate for fairness and inclusion. In 2006, Gore called for an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and for the beginning of true equality for LGBT people:
"For God's sake, [gays and lesbians are] asking for monogamy and military service, is that too much to ask for?"
Al Gore's voice will be made even stronger by today's announcement from the Swedish Academy, and that is good news for everyone who believes that changing the way we live and co-exist on our planet - everyday - is essential to finding peace with our neighbors and ourselves . . . whoever they, or we, may be.