The New King

Whatever your views on the monarchy, it cannot be denied that the former Prince of Wales has championed environmental causes throughout his life, even when they were considered cranky and environmentalists were described as ‘tree-huggers’. On the weekend of his coronation it seems appropriate to acknowledge Charles’ work as a green activist. He made his first speech on the environment in 1968, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s was advocating a balanced approach to living and ideas such as the circular economy long before they were common concepts. He was quick to grasp the significance of climate change and to use his influence to encourage action on the international stage.

His garden at Highgrove in Gloucestershire was converted to organic practices over thirty years ago with a reed bed system to deal with waste and it has been open so that visitors can see the advantages of organic, environmentally friendly gardening. Most recently he was the figurehead of the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign, marking the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, planting trees across the nation.

Through his unique position in society he has been able to influence the public and policy makers both in Britain and around the world and it is to be hoped that he will be able to continue to do so in his new role as King.