SERIOUS MONDAY: SIERRA CLUB ANNOUNCES ITS 2007 AWARDS

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The Sierra Club announced its 2007 National Awards.

Former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore will receive the Sierra Club’s top award, the John Muir Award for is 30 years spent making the world aware of global warming. Gore helped set the stage for “prime time” environmentalism. He was among the first politicians to grasp the seriousness of climate change and call for a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. He held the first congressional hearings on the subject in the 1970’s.

He has presented the science behind global warming and its effects over 1000 times and his 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, won an Academy Award earlier this year. His book, of the same name also reached number one on the New York Times best seller list.

July 7, 2007, Gore orchestrated the Live Earth Concerts reaching a record shattering global audience. He has also been nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on Climate Change.

“Al Gore is the embodiment of the principles for which John Muir passionately devoted his life: to protect a place for its own sake, for our sake, and even in spite of us, a place we call Earth,” said Sierra Club President Dr. Robbie Cox.

Tom Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, is receiving the David R. Brower Award which recognizes a professional journalist for stories pertaining to the environment.

Fabian Nunez, Speaker of the California Assembly is receiving the club’s Distinguished Achievement Award for pushing through the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

California Congressman Mike Thompson is receiving the club’s Edgar Wayburn Award. Thompson helped pass national legislation in 2006 that guaranteed protection for 431 square miles of wilderness in Northern California.

Other awards were announced as well for members within the club. Most of the awards were presented September 29th during the Sierra Club’s Annual dinner in San Francisco, California.

Dawn

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