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22 June 2015

IAEA Environmental Laboratories Help Raise Children’s Awareness on Environment Issues During Monacology Week

Prince Albert of Monaco visiting the IAEA-NAEL

Prince Albert of Monaco visiting the IAEA’s Environment Laboratory’s booth as part of the celebrations at Monacology week

Monaco is once again hosting the ‘Monacology’ event this week from 15-19 June. Every year the Principality welcomes children from Monaco and surrounding communes to educate them on environmental issues. Supported by the Directorate of National Education, Youth and Sports and involving around 20 sponsors, a whole thematic village has been built for the occasion with educational exhibitions, talks and pedagogical activities being held at the participants’ chalets.

“It is a very good workshop for children, giving an easy-to-understand, clear message on the need to protect the environment” said Prince Albert of Monaco, present at the Official Opening this Thursday.

This year, the IAEA Environment laboratories are contributing a booth that focusses on the fate of pollutants once released into the sea, tracing their whole journey ‘From the Sea to our Plates’. The exhibition explains the concept of bio magnification of the contaminants to show how pollutants transfer and accumulate along the food chain from the sea to top predators and eventually to humans. Different workshops are being organised, such as playing with plastic fish of different sizes representing a virtual food chain so that children will be able to visualize how contaminants can accumulate from the lower trophic levels to the top predators.

Pedagogical activities held at the IAEA laboratories boot

Pedagogical activities held at the IAEA laboratories booth where the focus was on pollutants in the ocean food chain

The booth shows that even very low concentrations of pollutants represent a risk for the environment and for human consumption and emphasises the importance of everybody doing his or her part to respect and protect the environment. Guiding the children to develop this awareness in their own ways can help them become more responsible and aware of sustainable development for tomorrow’s world. The importance of education and raising the awareness of young generations was also highlighted by Iolanda Osvath, Head of the Radiometrics laboratory. “This workshop helps children discover by themselves the effects of pollution on the environment and on our health in a ludic way,” she said. “Providing them a simple message on the role each of us can definitely have in protecting the environment.”

The main themes covered at this year’s Monacology also include Water, Forests, Carbon, Responsible Tourism, Green Mobility, Routine Objects, Food Waste, Selective Sorting, Products Biodegradability, Renewable Energies, Biodiversity, Fauna and Flora.

For more information on Monacology please visit www.monacology.fr/monacology.

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