2009 FORUM




















In countries and states around the world, the problem of climate change is high on agendas both political and practical. In 2007, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore, for their role in spreading awareness of human contributions to climate change, and their continuing efforts to urge countries, corporations, organizations and individuals to take steps towards counteracting such change. This year the 21st annual Nobel Peace Price Forum is proud to honor their work.


"Honouring the IPCC … in essence can be seen as a clarion call for the protection of the earth as it faces the widespread impacts of climate change. The choice … is, in our view, an acknowledgement of three important realities, which can be summed up as:

  1. The power and promise of collective scientific endeavour, which, as demonstrated by the IPCC, can reach across national boundaries and political differences in the pursuit of objectives defining the larger good of human society.

  2. The importance of the role of knowledge in shaping public policy and guiding global affairs for the sustainable development of human society.

  3. An acknowledgement of the threats to stability and human security inherent in the impacts of a changing climate and, therefore, the need for developing an effective rationale for timely and adequate action to avoid such threats in the future."

    Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC
    Nobel Lecture, December 10, 2007


"We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency – a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential even as we gather here. But there is hopeful news as well: we have the ability to solve this crisis and avoid the worst – though not all – of its consequences, if we act boldly, decisively and quickly."

Al Gore, Former Vice President
Nobel Lecture, December 10, 2007


St. Olaf College is one of five Midwest ELCA colleges that collaborate with the Norwegian Nobel Institute to host the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum. This prestigious forum is held in cooperation with the Norwegian Nobel Institute and is the institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside Norway.
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