COP21 ends with an artistic presentation of the scientific findings of the Tara expeditions

The COP21 climate talks ended with an international agreement being signed. For the Veolia Foundation, the event ended with a presentation of the scientific findings of the Tara expeditions. A unique LabOrigins event was specially devised for the occasion by the journalist Marie-Odile Monchicourt.

On 11 December, Marie-Odile Monchicourt, a scientific journalist at Radio France for a number of years, presented a special COP21 LabOrigins event at the Tara Ocean and Climate Pavilion. The Veolia and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundations, Tara’s long-standing sponsors, are behind this unique performance, which enabled some of the scientific findings of the Tara research expeditions to be presented in a fun way.

The presentation was followed by an evening event aboard the schooner Tara attended by dozens of guests. The guests enjoyed guided tours led by crew members of the research vessel, which was moored opposite the Ocean and Climate Pavilion. The guests were also able to enjoy the educational exhibits in the pavilion: the Ocean in the 21st Century exhibition about the essential role played by the ocean and the solutions it can offer to combat climate change, and the Océanopolis aquarium (from Brest).
The Tara Ocean and Climate Pavilion was officially opened on 12 November in the presence of Ségolène Royal, the French minister for the environment and sustainable development, and Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, and will remain open to the general public until 18 December. All the activities are open-access and free.