An international expert on climate change told a Monaco audience on Tuesday, February 11, that the battle to avoid catastrophic temperature rises will need to become a personal issue for everybody.

Corinne Le Quere is a climatologist and President of the French High Council for Climate and professor of climate change science at the University of East Anglia. She was invited by the Monaco Mission for Energy Transition to speak to residents of the principality who have signed the National Pact to reduce their carbon footprint.

Renewable energy sources will be very important to reduce carbon emissions, she said, but “then you have to tackle things like our day to day lives such as car transport, heating – even the food we eat. This starts to get very personal.

“You have to put in place policies that affect your choices, your everyday life – then you hit issues of justice, who pays, who needs to relocate for their job.” she said. “The emissions we put in the atmosphere come from pretty much everything we do in our day to day lives.”

The National Pact for the Energy Transition has now attracted almost 1,200 signatories and 100 member entities, which represents more than a quarter of Monaco’s employees.

PHOTO:  Corrine LeQuere (right) with Kate Powers, president of Monacology