Al Gore: Politician, Advocate, Philanthropist and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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The ability to challenge ones self and contribute to a better living still lives on today. He was born March 31, 1948 in Washington D.C. Graduating from Harvard and earning a degree with high honors in government in June 1969, he was a gentleman with a Greek reputation and addict of information technology. He demonstrated great leadership by pushing the High Performance Computer and Communication Act of 1991, which immensely expanded the internet. As an American politician, philanthropist and advocate, he also served as the 45th Vice President of the United States. He goes by the name of, Al Gore.

After completing his military journalist writing service in Vietnam, he returned to the states in 1971 and worked as a reporter at the Tennessean. He also studied philosophy and phenomenology at Vanderbilt University. He would later get enrolled in Vanderbilt’s law program in 1974. Then in 1976, he quit law to run for the U.S. House from Tennessee. He was elected four times and became the first person to appear on C-SPAN. In 1988, he made a bid for a democratic nomination for the presidency. He won five southern states on Super Tuesday, but eventually lost to Michael Dukakis. Gore remained in the Senate until presidential candidate Bill Clinton chose him as his running mate in 1992. They were elected into office that year and re-elected in 1996. During his tenure he worked to cut back on government bureaucracy.

He has been also involved with environmental issues since 1976. As a freshman congressman, he held the “first congressional hearings on the climate change and co-sponsored hearings on toxic waste and global warming.” In 1990, he supervised over a three day conference with legislators from over 42 countries which sought to create a Global Marshall Plan. Under this plan, industrial nations would help less developed countries to grow economically while still protecting the environment. Later, in 1990s he pushed for the Kyoto Protocol, which called for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In 2004 he co-launched Generation Investment Management. He serves as a Chair for this company. Furthermore, he also founded the Alliance for Climate Protection, an organization which eventually founded the We Campaign.

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For his involvement in environmental issues, he also faced lots of criticism. For example, he has been labeled as a “Carbon Billionaire”Nobel Peace Prize for work on global warming. At the Gala ceremony in Oslo he said, “We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency – a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential even as we gather here.”

Gore has achieved many, and has received a hand full of awards for everything he’s done. Some of his honors and awards include: Primetime Emmy Award for current TV in 2007, Webby Award in 2005 and Prince of Asturias Award in 2007 for International Cooperation. Since departing politics, he has become a successful businessman, public speaker, and author. He is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a member of Apple, Inc’s board of directors and is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

He has achieved immense success in whatever he has done; this is because of his hard-work, dedication and confidence to keep doing things irrespective of facing criticism because he knew what he is doing is right.

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