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I don’t know what you did on Sunday, but I dropped by the EcoHub at Stars’n’Bars to take a few pictures of the “Je m’engage” National Pact for Energy Transition event.
It was like circuit training for those wanting to get environmentally fit.
Outside, there were various creative activities for children, including a garden workshop on how to plant seeds and grow organic herbs (Stars’n’Bars has its own vegetable and herb garden). For the bigger kids like me, you could step into the driver’s seat of an AirPod compressed air car, which was invented and developed in nearby Carros. At less than 2 metres in length, the vehicle recharges with an electrical plug and can travel up to 200 km with a top speed of 80 km/h.
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Inside at StarDeck, a series of eco-stations to increase your carbon footprint awareness were set up, as well as games to teach children the importance of recycling. The smoothie bike was a big hit also, for young and old.
To the side, a video looped explaining the Prince’s vision towards a sustainable future and his government’s national strategy to cut the Principality’s overall carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050, which includes initiatives such as A Bag for Life programme, solar roads and the National Pact for Energy Transition.
“To achieve these goals we must all act together to protect our environment, while improving our quality of life and preserving our health,” said Stars’n’Bars co-founders Kate Powers and Didier Rubiolo, who, along with Annette Anderson, put a great amount of effort into organising the afternoon. “This means adopting new habits, using clean energies and controlling our waste.”
The Mission for Energy Transition (MTE) team, in the presence of Jean-Luc Nguyen, Director of the Mission for Energy Transition, was also on hand to help people with a carbon footprint “calculator” – based on how much they travel, how much waste they generate and how much energy they use – and to discuss on a one-on-one basis the National Pact, which can be signed by anyone who works or lives in the Principality, offering suggestions about how to make small changes to reduce your consumption in the categories of transport, waste and electricity.
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The event was highly informative and one young French girl ran up to Kate to thank her because she "learned a lot". Her sincerity was touching.
I am one of those people who finds global warming and carbon-footprints overwhelming. While I recognise there is much to be done, I am not sure how I alone can help save the planet. After spending 15 minutes talking with an impressively informed MTE member about how I could change my habits and reduce my impact on the environment, I realised I was engaged in a collective commitment of an eco-conscious community. I signed the pact.
For those of you in Monaco who are commitment phobic, unwilling to give up your freedom, great life or travel, engage in the National Energy Transition Pact. Like any relationship, you may have to compromise but it promises a future better than worse.
Article first published March 19, 2018.
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Prince Albert’s eldest child, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, has been in Monaco to prepare for the ladies’ car rally, the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles du Maroc, which she is undertaking with cousin Pauline Ducruet, the daughter of Princess Stephanie. The women-only 9-day off-road rally started from the Promenade des Anglais on Saturday, March 17.
The 26-year-old also helped Prince Albert celebrate his 60th birthday on March 14.
Jazmin is raising money for her own foundation, the Jazmin Fund, which she established in 2006 with the aim to build art-focused community centres in Fiji and help locals achieve a healthier lifestyle. Money generated by the rally helps to finance teams of doctors providing medical care in the remoter regions of southern Morocco.
Prior to setting out on the rally, Prince Albert’s daughter took the opportunity to promote her sponsors, including the skincare company the New York Dermatology Group.
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The sixth annual Monaco Private Label (MPL) Summit brought together more than 230 investors from 27 countries in Palm Beach, Florida, from March 16 to 18.
For this first edition held abroad, members of the MPL Club were invited to a round table focused on innovation and new technologies. A lunch debate, moderated by Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy, punctuated the conference.
The MPL Summit concluded, in the presence of Prince Albert, with a charity gala dinner benefiting the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
Monaco Private Label, created in 2009 on the initiative of the Prince's Government, aims to present the Principality worldwide to international investors with high potential.
Sunday 20 August, 5 pm, Monaco Cathedral
12th International Organ Festival with Thierry Escaich, organ and Bernadette Sangouard-Guillaud, known as Bena, painter and visual artist, organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs
Information: +377 98 98 83 03