An Open Letter to Al Gore

10/12/2007 02:27 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dear Vice President Gore:

Heartfelt congratulations on a well-deserved award, and reward, for your efforts not merely on behalf of the environment, but on behalf of all those who will clean up the mess we make for generations to come. Bravo!

As one who was honored, and delighted to be at Senator Barbara Boxer's rally yesterday in San Francisco, I express my personal gratitude for your inspired remarks on the need for a moral imperative, historical perspective, as well as to "reclaim our democracy" from those who have now succeeded in demonizing the process that has been, for centuries, synonymous with human rights, and equal representation under the law.

On the train ride home, I sat next to a gentleman who was also at the Barbara Boxer rally, too. We started talking about politics, and whether you would throw your hat into the ring. I said that some things transcend politics, and world peace is among them. This is something that you have always known, and is now being acknowledged.

It turns out that my new friend, on the train, happens to be an Episcopal priest. We both agreed that tackling global warming, and the threat to our survival as a planet, is how you have chosen to serve, not merely a mystical godhead, but humankind.

Life isn't always fair. It isn't fair that you "lost" the election, in 2004, even though you won the popular vote, but justice was served today. It is judicious, and right, for you to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as you are one whose service will continue as long as you share the same air as the rest of us on the planet. We may rest assured, too, that the air will be a whole lot cleaner now as a result of all your hard work.. Thanks from me, and those as yet unable to form those words.

Yours sincerely,

Jayne Lyn Stahl

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