Al Gore to speak in Page today

Former vice president Al Gore will speak in Page Auditorium today at 6 p.m. in an event sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment. Tickets to the event, part of the Duke Environment and Society Lecture Series, are no longer available.

Gore will be speaking about global warming, according to a Nicholas School news release.

“Since the beginning of his career, Al Gore has been relentless in his quest to bring the truth about global warming to the world, even when the world wasn’t listening,” Bill Chameides, dean of the Nicholas School, said in the release. “We are fortunate and thrilled to have him bring his message to Duke.”

Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts to raise awareness about climate change. He shared the honor with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the organ of the United Nations assigned to dealing with global warming issues.

In the years following his 2001 failed presidential bid, Gore has been actively involved in environmental issues. In 2006, he wrote “An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It,” which was thereafter made into an Academy Award-winning documentary film. Additionally, he completed “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis” in 2009 as a sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The Duke Office of Sustainability is encouraging students and other attendees of the speech to wear green T-shirts as a show of support for Gore’s message of environmental sustainability.

“Al Gore will be delivering a powerful message from the stage, and participants can also send a powerful message by collectively showing their support for our efforts to become a climate-neutral campus,” Tavey Capps, Duke’s environmental sustainability director said in a news release.


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