Nobel Peace Price and “climate change”

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The Nobel Peace Prize has been often controverted and this year it may also be discussed. Some critics may consider that the ” … 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” as the reason given by the Nobel Foundation, is not an argument. As you may suppose, I will not share this opinon.

I agree that Nobel Peace Prize is strongly mediatic, though it helps to impact on conscience of the people and this year I believe it may help to spread over the world the importance of the effort done by Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in regard of one of the most important threats, if not the biggest, we have at the moment.

That the candidate of the labour party in the next Australian elections is taking the compromise to sign the Kyoto Protocol if his party wins, means that many politicians are far behind their responsibilities, and that the present prime minister has been looking to the wrong side while the effects of climate change have been devastating many of the natural resorts in Australia in the near past years.

I’m strongly concerned on the passive behaviour of many leaders and I also regret the littel compromise of those who still accepting the need to fight man-made climate change don’t show enough courage to foster decisions that really prevent climate disasters.

As I already have written in this blog, I do believe that the hardest and most effective efforts wil have to be taken by single individuals and their families: that’s “us”. I would go further and say that we all will have to suffer the inconveniences and assume the high costs of this campaign, and it will probably take long time to see any results. This is probably the reason why leaders don’t want to take these unpopular decisions. It probably will mean unemployment, increase of prices of cheap commodities, it will mean lots of forced changes in people’s mobility, and standards of life will have to change a lot, affecting the confort we are having today.

To know that people and organizations like Al Gore through actions like his video and book “an inconvenient truth” and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are pushing conscience of single people and of governments too to prepare the world to these changes is, at least, an argument to be optimistic.

Thanks, than to the initiative to award for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize the actions of these organizations.


About Oriol

Professor dels Estudis d'Economia i Empresa de la UOC Lecturer of the Department of Economics and Business Administration Universitat Oberta de Catalunya - Barcelona- Spain
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