Al Gore Receives Honor at International Emmy Awards

Former Vice President Al Gore called on television executives, producers and performers to help warn viewers about global warming as he accepted a special honor last night at the 35th International Emmy Awards at the Hilton New York. Robert De Niro introduced Gore as this year’s recipient of the International Emmy Founders Award for his efforts to promote "our common humanity."

Associated Press reports:

"The climate crisis is by far the most serious challenge human civilization has ever faced," said Gore, who has already won an Oscar for his global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and will be traveling to Oslo, Norway, next month to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. "We really do now confront a true planetary emergency."

"We still have time to fix it. But this great powerful medium of television can be part of that solution because networks and channels all around the world represented here can help to get the word out while there is still time."

Gore was also honored for his role as co-chairman and co-founder of the interactive Current TV cable and satellite network, which relies heavily on viewer-created short video segments.

The International Emmys honor excellence in TV production outside the United States.

Al Gore Receives Honor at International Emmy Awards