On Friday 12th October, Dame Ellen MacArthur was awarded the Albert I Great Medal for her commitment and work towards keeping plastics out of the ocean. The medal was awarded at a ceremony in Monaco by Prince Albert II - son of Prince Albert I, who himself started his own Foundation in 2006 to address marine issues.
Each year, through the Oceanographic Institute, founded by Albert I, Prince of Monaco, the Great Medal is awarded to great names within the marine world, who by their commitment and personal contribution, have made significant steps in protecting the world’s oceans - an award previously gifted to Leonardo DiCaprio, in 2015.
The Oceanographic Institute is committed to raising awareness of the richness and fragility of the oceans and promotes management and science-based protection. At a time when the health of the oceans is threatened, initiatives like the New Plastics Economy allows us greater clarity over the issues faced, and offers solutions to a growing issue - looking at the system as a whole.
Albert I Great Medal is the most prestigious prize awarded by the Oceanographic Institute and is identifiable as a gilt bronze medal embossing the profile of Prince Albert I, a pioneer of modern oceanography.
While receiving the honour in Monaco, Dame Ellen was also pleased to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Founded by HSH Prince Albert II in 2006, the Foundation seeks to address the planets alarming environmental situation - dedicated to the protection of the environment and promotion of sustainable development on a global scale.
It is hoped the memorandum of understanding will encourage greater collaboration amongst organisations and individuals around the world, and encourage innovation to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.