MONTREAL, Nov. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited the Biodôme, one of Montréal's four Nature Museums, today. He was greeted by Montréal Mayor Gérald Tremblay, Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, the Executive Director of the Nature Museums, Rachel Léger, the Director of the Biodôme, and André Musy, Executive Director of the Ouranos consortium. During his visit, Prince Charles was particularly interested in the proposed Life District, which picks up on the same themes as many of the projects he himself promotes through his foundation.
"Developing knowledge, particularly in the environmental sciences, is at the heart of Montréal's identity," said Mayor Tremblay. "I am proud that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was able to take advantage of his time here to visit this key part of our city. His initiatives involving citizens and decision makers, just like our own, are intended to promote collective awareness of the challenges facing humankind and to encourage joint responses. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to talk with him about this subject."
"The concerns expressed by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales for the future of the planet coincide with those of the Nature Museums. We both want to encourage new ways of living and to change the way people look at nature," added Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of the Nature Museums.
Highlights of the visit
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was last in Montréal for the Olympic Games, in 1976, making his presence today at the Biodôme, the former Olympic Velodrome, particularly symbolic. Rachel Léger, who was part of the team that designed the Biodôme in 1992, recalled that the goal of creating this avant-garde scientific museum was to increase public awareness of the importance of protecting the environment, by showing how each part of nature is important for the well-being of the whole. This led to the presentation of the live collections in their respective ecosystems. His Royal Highness then attended a scientific presentation during which some ten students from the Notre-Dame-du-Foyer school, in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough, talked about what they could do to protect biodiversity.
André Musy, Executive Director of Ouranos, described the mission of his organization, a Montréal-based consortium dedicated to regional climatology and climate change adaptation. Two of the organization's specific projects were presented: a climate simulation on the Arctic and a simulation of ice cover on the St. Lawrence River, as well as a presentation and exploration of the issue of safety for northern populations, Nordic viability and infrastructures.
Montréal, it should be remembered, sits on the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity and is the host city for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and a number of other organizations particularly involved in environmental issues.
SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Biodôme de Montréal
For further information: For further information: Nadine Fortin, Montréal's Nature Museums, (514) 868-3053; Source: Martin Tremblay, Office of the Mayor and the Executive Committee, (514) 872-0274