It just goes to show you how much the environment has become a sign of the times. Al Gore is set to fly into Israel in May to collect a cool $1 million dollar cash award presented by the Dan David Foundation, housed at Tel Aviv University.
The foundation awards $3 million in cash prizes every year, with Gore taking a third of the prize pie for his work in the environment. He said in a video conference recently that he will donate it all to organizations working to stop climate change. (Get your proposals ready!)
The other $2 million will be split by geo-scientists also working in the field of climate change and by internationally recognized artists.
"The 2008 Dan David Prize honors Al Gore for establishing climate crisis as a moral and spiritual imperative, thereby helping to galvanize international action against global warming," said the prize jury, who included Julia Marton-LefÃ¨vre, director of the World Conservation Union in Switzerland.
Israeli businessman Dan David who endows the annual prize said, "The constellation of laureates [this year] is particularly meaningful.
"On the one hand, great creators depicting historical events in literature, theater and film; on the other, eminent scientists whose research predicts environmental disaster if we do not act; and in between, a man promoting awareness of this prediction and its remedies so that human history will continue to be told for generations to come." â€¨â€¨
In the US, Thompson leads the field operations on high-altitude tropical glaciers research, and Moseley-Thompson develops programs to reconstruct the conditions recorded by the ice. â€¨â€¨
Their work records climatic changes in remote regions and the impact of such environmental changes upon human activities.
Over in the UK, Eglinton studies organic molecules from sedimentary rocks to provide detailed information about Earth's earliest life forms, the temperatures of ancient oceans, and environmental changes on continents.
His lab was the first to introduce "molecular stratigraphy" as a means of following variations in ancient climates and drew on the work of oceanographers, paleontologists, and geologists.
Upon prize acceptance, winners are expected to donate money to scholarships that will advance young scholars working in the same field. Pay it forward, we like that.
We are hoping that TreeHugger will score an in-person interview with Gore come May. The Dan David Awards will be presented at Tel Aviv University on May 19, 2008 during a fancy gala ceremony. All of the winners, including Gore, are expected to receive their prizes in person from Israel's President Shimon Peres.
::GreenProphet via ::ISRAEL21c
(Full disclaimer: this TreeHugger also writes for the American Friends of Tel Aviv University, a non-profit organization affilated with Tel Aviv University. She is also a reporter for ISRAEL21c.)