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The Prince of Whales?

The Prince of Whales?

The French revolution was about overthrowing the monarchy, and of course the American revolution rid the colonies of the imperialist policies of King George III. So can royalty start a revolution?

As Beth posted last week, this Friday, NBC is airing a special called Harmony, which highlights the three decades of work by The Prince of Wales to combat climate change and find innovative solutions to the global environmental crisis, and shows how these values are expressed through the people and programs that he has supported.
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As he says in the book on which the film is based:

“This is a call to revolution. The earth is under threat. It cannot cope with all that we demand of it.  It is losing its balance and we humans are causing this to happen. Revolution is a strong word  and I use it deliberately. The many environmental and social problems that now loom large on our horizon cannot be solves by carrying on with the very approach that has caused them.

I had a chance to hear the filmmakers on a conference call this week, and they mentioned that the prince supported this film in order “to speak out and collaborate” on the issues of sustainability that have been important to him.  Perhaps Lancelot was right in lamenting “the land without a king”?

A preview clip is embedded below:

It sounds like Prince Charles’ intentions are…well… noble, and I look forward to hearing his message.  But to quote some other even more famous brits: 

- You say you want a revolution….Well, you know we all want to change the world.
- You say you got a real solution …Well, you know we’d all love to see the plan.

Harmony has its broadcast premiere at 10 PM/ET on Friday, November 19th on NBC. Prior to the premiere, “Dateline” will air an exclusive interview of Prince Charles speaking with Brian Williams at 9 PM/ET. 

I’ll update my post after this airs, and would love to hear your thoughts as well.

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6:26AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Redirect subsidies from fossil fuels to renewable energies,
redirect subsidies from chemical agriculture to organic agriculture,
institute a carbon tax with a clean dividend,
encourage conservation and efficiency,
reduce or eliminate meat production and consumption,
raise taxes on tobacco,
institute taxes on soda, candy, meat, plastic water bottles, and all single-use products,
shift more funding to public transportation,
encourage bike riding and walking,
slash the military budget and redirect funding toward sustainability,
put solar panels and windmills on every government building,
solarize all schools,
support farmers markets,
drive less and convert remaining vehicles to electric and/or hybrid etc.,
cut down consumption especially of distant products.

3:04AM PST on Jan 9, 2011

I'm not sure I'm ready to receive environmental lessons from the royal family. Sorry!

7:29PM PST on Jan 4, 2011


2:34AM PST on Dec 25, 2010

Doesnt he hunt on animals himself??

10:29PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

Thanks for this aarticle. I never knew this about Prince Charles.

3:48AM PST on Nov 27, 2010

We need more leaders and people in high positions showing an example to others like Prince Charles is doing.

5:13PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

I had no idea. One would've never guessed.

7:07AM PST on Nov 22, 2010

Sadly he is a voice (not small) but small in the sense of the over all story. To many others in power are also advocating the opposite or failing to act. we need more like Charles that want too preserve the earth for the future rather then plunder it for the present!!!!

4:50AM PST on Nov 22, 2010

Thanks for the article. One learns something new each day.

7:28PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Prince Charles has been an active environmentalist for many years. Good on him, it is a good thing.

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