Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Celebrities honor Al Gore, UN climate panel

OSLO, Norway—Stars performing at a concert Tuesday honoring Nobel Peace laureates Al Gore and the United Nations climate panel said they hoped to draw attention to global warming.

Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to document and spread the word about what the former vice president calls the "planetary emergency" of global warming.

Performers at the annual concert included Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox and Melissa Etheridge. Etheridge won an Oscar for the song "I Need to Wake Up," which was featured in Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Etheridge said Gore asked her to write the song.

"I was deeply honored, I was deeply moved and then I had to write a song about global warming, which is not easy," the 46-year-old singer said, adding that Gore's efforts gave her "a great amount of hope for our Earth."

Keys said the Nobel Peace Prize underscores how the efforts of one person, such as civil-rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., can make a difference.

"For me, the Nobel Peace Prize is an extremely distinguished award for people who truly do serious work to make major change in the world," the 26-year-old singer said.

Kevin Spacey and Uma Thurman were co-hosts of the concert.

I hope this Go Green movement is more than just another fad...otherwise, we'll just go back to destroying the planet.

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