H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco

Mershon Auditorium

Wednesday, August 31

Doors open at 2:30 pm, lecture begins at 3:30 pm

H. S. H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, a long-time supporter of global environmental and sustainability issues, will visit The Ohio State University on Wed., Aug. 31, presenting a lecture focusing on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water at 3:30 p. m. at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High Street, on the Columbus campus.

A supporter of the Venturi Buckeye Bullet and electric concept cars, Prince Albert II is coming to Ohio State to learn more about our research and educational programming on sustainability matters.

In 2006, Prince Albert II established the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, supporting sustainable and ethical projects that focus on climate change and developing renewable energies; combating the loss of biodiversity; improving universal access to clean water and fighting desertification.

Over the last ten years, the Foundation has initiated or supported 370 international projects in locations as diverse as the Mediterranean Basin, the Least Developed Countries (as defined by the United Nations official list) and the Polar Regions. He is also a strong supporter of the Solar Impulse initiative that completed its round-the-world flight in July, by hosting the Mission Control Center on Monegasque territory for the entire world tour.

According to the New York Times (12/18/15), Prince Albert’s interest in the environment, and particularly in polar research, has deep family roots. His great-great grandfather Albert I led four scientific expeditions to the Arctic between 1898 and 1907. Prince Albert II is following in his ancestor’s footsteps. On his own research forays and having traveled extensively in remote regions of the globe, throughout the Arctic and has trekked to both the North and South Poles, the Sovereign Prince is convinced that climate change is the most pressing crisis facing the planet today.