Gore accepts Oceana Award


It was chilly Friday night, but no one on this Pacific Palisades hillside backyard felt it. Crickets chirped, but they were ignored. That is the kind of spell former Vice President Al Gore had on the audience gathered at the home of Jena and Michael King for the annual Oceana awards gala where he accepted the environmental organization’s Partner’s Award.

Gore talked about a meeting he had with scientists on the latest findings about the Arctic Ocean, which said the ice could melt on 20 years, maybe even as soon as six. This was on the same day the headlines blared about Britney Spears losing custody of her kids and Paris Hilton’s appearance on Letterman. Yet here was a study, whose impact Gore said was the equivalent of the discovery of the ozone hole, “and no one pays attention!”

Gore summed up today’s situation using an African proverb: “If you want to travel quickly, go alone. If you have to travel far, go together. We have to go far. Quickly.”