H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco awarded the Roger Revelle Prize for His Commitment on the environment (October, 2009)

On October 23, 2009, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince of Monaco was awarded the prestigious Roger Revelle Prize at the University of California in San Diego. The distinction was awarded to the Prince at a dinner held at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, which was attended by three hundred key figures from scientific, university and economic circles. H.S.H. Prince Albert II is only the second world leader to receive this distinct honor which was previously awarded to former US Vice President Al Gore in 2008, the first world leader to receive this award. The Roger Revelle Prize honors politicians or individuals from the private sector for their eminent contribution towards advancing and promoting activities for the benefit of the oceans, climate and earth sciences.

During His acceptance speech, Prince Albert paid tribute to Roger Revelle, an eminent scientist who was one of the founders of the University of California San Diego, directed the Scripps Institution for Oceanography and whose work on the interaction between CO2 emissions and the greenhouse effect, was a determining factor for raising awareness of global warming and its consequences half a century ago. “I committed myself a long time, because of family history and ties to get better acquainted with issues concerning our planet,” the Prince said. “I owe that not only to my parents but to my great-great grandfather, Prince Albert I.”

Prior to the event, H.S.H. Prince Albert II had the opportunity to talk at length with researchers from the Scripps Institution for Oceanography, whose studies focus on the alarming phenomenon of ocean acidification in connection with the absorption of greenhouse gases. In His speech to students, Prince Albert paid tribute to the scientists whose studies have raised awareness about climate change. “Seeing such researchers coming together across border and continents, gives us cause for hope,” He said. “(But) we should not be lulled by these initial victories into believing that the battles and war have been won... States, international organizations and corporations, now see their interests converging around this common mobilization,” the Prince said. “This is our only chance for survival.” He then visited the Institution’s laboratories and aquarium. At the end of the day, H.S.H. Prince Albert II gave a talk at the University of San Diego on “biodiversity and the climate: the urgency and the long term” during which He stressed the need for the international community to make strong commitments to reduce greenhouse gases at the next international meetings. This talk was followed by a screening of the film on His expedition to Antarctica.

From Left: Carolyn Revelle and William Revelle (children of Roger Revelle), H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director Tony Haymet