2007 – Al Gore

In 2007, former member of Congress, Senator and Vice President of The United States of America Al Gore was awarded the prize. He had drawn a great deal of attention to climate change throughout the world for his film "An Inconvenient Truth," which the year before won an Oscar for Best Documentary. Moreover, Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

To get the message out to as many people as possible Gore has held lectures and taught" climate trainees" (Gore's Calvary). In the USA more than one thousand trainees of all ages and professions have taken the course, from Cameron Diaz to employees at Wal-Mart (the world's largest retailer), from retirees to students. Democrats as well as Republicans.

Jury's motivation

The Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development, previously known as the City of Göteborg International Environment Prize, is awarded this year to environmental communicator Al Gore. 'Like no other person he has called on mankind to save the climate', said the Jury. He is awarded the prize for his relentless commitment to put an end to the climate crisis by increasing public awareness about global warming.

Learn more

Al Gore’s official website

The “Moving Beyond Kyoto” article in The New York Times that Al Gore wrote in July 2007

About the Greenhouse effect and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that Al shared the Nobel Peace Prize with

The Virgin Earth Challenge