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A Green Shift: Monaco prepares for a Sustainable, Post-Pandemic Future

December 1, 2020 Visit Europe No Comments

Whilst Monaco, like the rest of the world, has not been spared from the effects of Covid-19, the Principality makes sustainability core to the current health crisis and the recovery ahead.

On the occasion of the 50th World Earth Day, celebrated earlier this year, HSH Prince Albert II called for a new balance between man and nature stressing that “this crisis should prompt us into protecting our planet, its climate, biodiversity and oceans more effectively”.

In this context, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation launched a digital campaign entitled “A green shift?” to reflect on post-pandemic environmental perspectives. The campaign features a series of short video interviews with personalities and scientists taking the floor to reflect on the link between the environment and the pandemic.

Amongst the experts sharing their points of view on this matter are Prof. Tim Flannery, Head of Australia’s first Climate Change Commission and Board Member of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation as well as well-known personalities such as Robert Redford and Nico Rosberg. The series of “A green shift?” videos can be viewed here.

The foundation, which is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale, recently organised the 2020 edition of the Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health. The event, which was held on the terrace of the iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo, was devoted to the Oceans, Earth and Humanity and brought together global philanthropists and celebrities including Johnny Depp, Helen Mirren, Kate Beckinsale, Sienna Miller, and more – with COVID-19 protocols strictly enforced for the health and safety of all guests.

Monaco’s inspiring sustainability ethos, driven by the Prince’s government’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050, is reflected in many facets of the Principality’s cultural and tourism offering.

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is currently paying tribute to the Great Barrier Reef with the unique, interactive exhibition, “IMMERSION”, an interactive multimedia installation that combines contemplation and interaction to engage and educate the public to better protect the marine world.

Monaco is home to the eco-responsible Grimaldi Forum, Monaco’s Convention and Cultural Centre, and the Principality regularly hosts the hugely successful Monaco E-Prix and eRally. Green transport also plays a major role in daily life with all public vehicles being either electric, hybrid or bio-fuel.

Monaco’s hotel industry is one of the most active sectors when it comes to protecting the environment. “Green Teams” have been formed within hotels to develop and implement concrete solutions to reduce their ecological footprint.

Local, sustainable food is the norm in the Principality which is home to Elsa Restaurant, the world’s only Michelin-starred organic restaurant and Michelin-starred Blue Bay restaurant growing much of its produce in its onsite kitchen garden run by urban agriculturist start-up Terre de Monaco, to name only a few examples.

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