Is Prince Charles world's green messiah?

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Aug 1 00:32:32 BST 2010

What does Charles mean by 'The modern world has 
lost the understanding of nature'?
Has he been reading Marx at last?

My duty is to save the world: Prince Charles 
believes he was born for a purpose
By Fay Schlesinger - Daily Mail - 30th July 2010
The Prince of Wales says he believes he has been 
placed on Earth as future King ‘for a purpose’ - to save the world.
Giving a fascinating insight into his view of his 
inherited wealth and influence, he said: ‘I can 
only somehow imagine that I find myself being 
born into this position for a purpose.

‘I don’t want my grandchildren or yours to come 
along and say to me, “Why the hell didn’t you 
come and do something about this? You knew what 
the problem was”. That is what motivates me.
‘I wanted to express something in the outer world 
that I feel inside... We seem to have lost that 
understanding of the whole of nature and the universe as a living entity.’
His impassioned comments come during a film about 
his belief that unbridled commerce has led to the 
destruction of farmland and countryside.
The documentary, called Harmony, is due to be 
aired on the U.S. network NBC in November to 
coincide with the launch of a book of the same name by the prince.
Charles is understood to have waived his author’s 
fee, and all royalties will go to his charity, the Prince’s Trust.
But the Prince has previously come under fire for 
hypocrisy over his eco-values.
Last year he commandeered a jet belonging to the 
Queen’s Flight to attend the Copenhagen climate 
change summit, generating an estimated 6.4 tons 
of carbon dioxide - 5.2 tons more than if he had used a commercial plane.
Graham Smith, of the anti-monarchy group 
Republic, said: ‘He is under the impression he 
has been sent to save the world and deliver us 
from our sins. It’s quite delusional.
‘He will have to be impartial and keep his mouth 
shut when he’s king. If he really believes this 
is his mission and he disagrees with Government 
in future, he risks plunging us into a constitutional crisis.’
Senior royal aides denied the prince was 
attempting to mould his public image and pave the 
way to ensure a positive legacy.
They stressed Charles also cared passionately 
about his other royal duties, such as defence.
One said: ‘In private he has dismissed talk of 
legacies - that’s not for him to say because it’s 
for others to judge. But hopefully his charities 
will carry on for many years to come.
‘He has said there is a reason why he’s in a 
position to raise these issues - that there is 
some higher power. But there is more to his role than just green problems.
‘It’s true that outside royal duties, the 
environment is the thing he cares most passionately about.’
In a trailer to the film, the prince spoke 
passionately about his decades-long quest for 
what he described in a statement as ‘a sacred 
duty of stewardship of the natural order of things’.
He said: ‘I started 22 years ago on something 
that nobody really wanted to know about except a 
few people who thought it was pretty crazy.
‘The way nature presents itself - we’ve turned it 
into merely a mechanical process.
‘What is happening to the small farmers around 
the world is simply appalling, as a result of 
globalisation. Is that really the intention 
behind it all, just to sweep all these people off the land?’
An Asian woman, who is not named in the 
documentary, piled praise on the royal, saying: 
‘Princes Charles has been a very courageous man 
because he has never thought through the throne 
he will occupy - he has thought through the planet he lives on.’

Prince Charles urges 'sustainability revolution'

(AFP) – Saturday 31st July 2010
LONDON ­ Prince Charles on Saturday urged Britain 
to tackle "possibly the greatest challenge 
humanity has faced" by creating a more sustainable future.
The heir to the throne, 61, wrote in The Daily 
Telegraph newspaper that too often people saw 
"becoming more sustainable" as a threat to their 
quality of life or a risk to the economy.
But he insisted that small, simple measures could 
be taken that would make the journey fun and more 
positive, as he launched a new initiative called Start.
Charles said he was recycling bath water to use 
on the garden and turning old curtain material into "fashionable bags".
"It is about showing people that it is possible 
both to enjoy life and to protect nature," the prince said.
The scheme is backed by major supermarket chains and domestic utilities groups.
Under the slogan "Let's start something good", 
they will urge customers to start doing one thing to make a difference.
The Prince of Wales will host a 12-day garden 
party festival in London royal residences in 
September to demonstrate his "sustainability revolution" ideas.
"Looking after our small, fragile and stressed 
planet is not about doom and gloom, sitting in 
the dark or not having nice things," he said.
"It is perfectly possible that taking action... 
can actually help to create more attractive 
communities, enhanced health, more worthwhile lives, jobs and security.
"And that it is possible to have fun on the way."

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