The monarch of one of the smallest countries in the world is being honored this week in La Jolla for leadership in bringing world attention and sustainable action to protect the global environment.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will receive the Roger Revelle Prize on Oct. 23 at a reception and dinner hosted by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO).
The Roger Revelle Prize at Scripps, named for the late, former SIO Director and UCSD founder Roger Revelle, honors leaders in the public or private sectors who recognize the interrelationships of global systems, think on a planetary scale and make outstanding contributions to advance or promote research in ocean, climate and earth sciences.
Prince Albert is being lauded for his pivotal role in drawing world attention to the deleterious effects of ocean acidification as increased amounts of carbon dioxide are absorbed by the ocean, altering water chemistry, which threatens the survival of coral reefs, shellfish and the marine food web in general.
Last year, he invited 150 leading marine scientists from 26 countries to Monaco to discuss the issue. Out of that meeting came the Monaco Declaration, which called upon world leaders for urgent action to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
“It was Prince Albert who encouraged the scientists to write the declaration, and he has been responsible for getting it distributed and popularizing it,” SIO Director Tony Haymet said. “This issue and the understanding of CO2 in the atmosphere are very much connected with Roger Revelle’s legacy and make the prince a worthy recipient of the prize.”
Lynne Friedmann, LA JOLLA LIGHT, 21 October 2009. Full article.