The 1993 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was presented to Vice President Al Gore for Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. A bracing call to action, Earth in the Balance argues that we must make “rescue of the environment the central organizing principle for civilization.” The book focuses on the threats that everyday choices pose to our climate, water, soil, and diversity of plant and animal life, and presents potential solutions.
Former Vice President Al Gore was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He served as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council and as the leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives. He is also the author of An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."