The Khasi tribespeople of India want to honor Al Gore with an award of local handicrafts and a “small amount of money” for raising awareness of the climate change that they say has ravaged their scenic province, the name of which translates to “abode of the clouds.” A Gore representative says he is humbled, but unsure if he’ll make it to the ceremony, which will be held at a preserved village near a sacred forest.
The award will be handed over at the second Dorbar Ri (People’s Parliament) on 6 October near a sacred forest at the village of Mawphlang, which has been preserved untouched for more than 700 years.
The award will consist of traditional gifts including local handicrafts and a “small amount of money”.
“We hope Mr Gore would be able to bring global attention to what we are facing in our part of the world,” Meghalaya parliament member Robert Kharshing said.
“This whole thing called climate change is affecting us the most.”