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Climate campaigner Al Gore saluted Australia’s new commitment to addressing climate change as he collected the Nobel Peace Prize today, saying it was time to make peace with the planet.
The former US vice-president shared the 2007 prize with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose head, Rajendra Pachauri, told leaders at a UN climate conference in Indonesia to heed the wisdom of science.
“Without realising it, we have begun to wage war on the earth itself,” Mr Gore said in his speech. “It is time to make peace with the planet.”
In his speech at the presentation ceremony in Oslo, Mr Gore praised Australia’s Rudd Government and several other countries as he urged the US and China to join the fight against global warming.
Mr Rudd’s first act after taking his oath of office on December 3 was to ratify Kyoto.
“I salute Europe and Japan for the steps they’ve taken in recent years to meet the challenge, and the new government in Australia, which has made solving the climate crisis its first priority,” he said.
“But the outcome will be decisively influenced by two nations that are now failing to do enough: the United States and China.”
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