Britain’s new King Charles III is a committed environmentalist with a long history of campaigning for better conservation, organic farming and tackling climate change, which are likely to sit well with more environmentally conscious young Britons .
Between photos from official meetings and other royal duties, his Instagram account as the Prince of Wales usually featured photos showing environmental causes in the UK and beyond.
They included planting trees, showcasing organic fruits and vegetables from their Clarence House residence, and colorful flowers growing in the garden at their beloved Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, western England.
A photo also captured Charles – who has now given the title of Prince of Wales to his son and heir William – on a trip to the mangrove swamps in the Caribbean and to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
When Britain hosted the COP26 climate summit in Scotland last year, he delivered the opening speech, urging world leaders sitting before him to redouble their efforts to combat global warming and warning: “Time is really running out It is done.”
Since his first major public speech on the subject in 1970, Charles “has been raising awareness of all aspects of the environment for a very long time,” said Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
“In many ways he has been ahead of public awareness and political awareness on this issue”, he told AFP.
In Highgrove, Charles has cultivated a garden, which is open to the public, as well as an entirely organic farm.
This initially left some neighboring farmers in doubt, but gradually became a successful business and sells its produce under the “Duchy Organic” brand at the high-end supermarket chain Waitrose.
His official website for his tenure as Prince of Wales said, “Her Royal Highness has personally taken a number of steps to live a more sustainable way.”
It noted that nearly 90 percent of energy for office and home use now comes from renewable sources, with about half that generated from on-site renewable sources such as solar panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps and the rest from renewable electricity and gas. source is purchased. ,
For many years Charles has published his annual carbon footprint – which includes informal travel – which stood at 445 tonnes a year as of March 2022.
His car, an Aston Martin owned for more than 50 years, has been modified to run on surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese-making process.
It runs on a blend of 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent unleaded petrol.
The monarch has been the chairman of the WWF-UK animal charity since 2011, emulating his late father Prince Philip, who held the same role from 1981 to 1996.
He is also the patron of several other associations, such as “Surfers Against Sewage”, and has given several speeches warning of the disappearance of biodiversity.
Most recently, in April, he wrote an article for Newsweek magazine – and also on its cover – titled “Our kids are judging us”.
His outspoken stance on issues including the environment has prompted some criticism that he is departing from constitutional norms that see the royal family remain politically neutral at all times.
Charles has repeatedly vowed to stay true to constitutional practices, as recently as this week when he ascended the throne.
But he may not see environmental and conservation causes as openly political.
“He will be very sensitive as head of state,” Ward predicted.
“He must be very careful to act in a way that could be seen as putting pressure on the government. But I don’t expect him to speak at all.”
Painter Ruby Wright, 42, who came to Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, said on Friday she hopes to “stick to her guns”.
“I think they need to be more humble and really push the environmental agenda and build their legacy,” she told AFP.
“I know they are not allowed to be political at all, but this is not politics. This is the future of humanity.”
Fashion designer Laura Birne, 30, agreed. “I think it’s a positive that he supports the environment. It’s important to my generation, I think.”
As King, he would have less time for his passion for gardening and farming. He admitted in a 1986 interview that he talked to plants, attracting some pranks.
But the baton has already been passed on to his son, William, who shares his commitment to the environment.
Last year William created the Earthshot Prize, which rewards projects proposing solutions to the climate crisis.
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