The odd thing about this year's award is not its controversy, but that the laureates have done nothing for peace. The 2004 laureate, Kenyan Wangari Maathai, was also an environmentalist, but at least she was an activist for women's rights. When it comes to fighting for peace, Gore and the IPCC haven't done a blessed thing. They haven't even talked about doing a blessed thing. So the real laureate for 2007 is the "precautionary principle" -- sometime, somewhere, something awful might happen. This is clear from the text of the Prize press release:
"Extensive climate changes may alter and threaten the living conditions of much of mankind. They may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for the earth's resources. Such changes will place particularly heavy burdens on the world's most vulnerable countries. There may be increased danger of violent conflicts and wars, within and between states." [Italics added]
Isn't there something a bit loopy about canonising the precautionary principle? Poor old Immanuel Velikovsky died too soon. He would have joined the pantheon for warning humanity of the danger of collisions with asteroids. You can just imagine the political upheaval which may occur if one of them flattens Oslo.
So many catastrophes are waiting to happen nowadays. Calamities are everywhere, each with its scenario of human rights violations, increased competition and wars. The terrifying consequences of the obesity epidemic, stranger danger, the depression epidemic, decreasing biodiversity, discrimination against homosexuals, religious fundamentalism and not flossing your teeth have yet to be explored by the Peace Prize Committee.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Al Gore and the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
MercatorNet - Al Gore and the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Some interesting points brought up, while acknowledging that the Peace Price has always been controversial: