Unsustain-Nobility

According to CNN, Prince Charles, who at some point in the future can look forward to inheriting the United Kingdom, has just signed a book and film deal. Yes, the Prince of Wales is Britain’s answer to Al Gore.

“I believe that true sustainability depends fundamentally upon us shifting our perception and widening our focus, so that we understand, again, that we have a sacred duty of stewardship of the natural order of things,” Prince Charles said in a statement.

“If we could rediscover that sense of harmony; that sense of being a part of, rather than apart from nature, we would perhaps be less likely to see the world as some sort of gigantic production system, capable of ever-increasing outputs for our benefit — at no cost.”

Now why would the future monarch of a country of 60 million people have such an inclination towards ideas about ‘the natural order of things’, eh?

Even more bizarre is Charles’s bedfellow in all this, former Friends of the Earth director, Tony Juniper.

The co-author of the book is former Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper, who, since leaving the organization in 2008, has been critical of a number of celebrities who promote environmental issues.

Juniper criticized model Naomi Campbell and actress Sienna Miller for not practicing what they preach on the environment, and in an article he accused mogul Richard Branson of “jumping on the global warming bandwagon.”

“The prince and I share similar views on issues of sustainability and the environment. He is in a unique position to express his concern for unsustainable economics, and is committed to highlighting the crisis of our disconnection from nature,” Juniper told CNN.

Juniper has singled out supermodels and Branson – who at least do something – for their hypocrisy, and yet leaves intact the reputation of the prince. This is odd.

The prince is ‘in a unique position to express his concern for unsustainable economics’ mainly because protocol, in theory, precludes him from making political statements. And yet here he is, about to make political statements. Just because it’s ‘green’, it doesn’t mean it’s not political.

As the beneficiary of one the largest estates in England, he also has a unique position on ‘sustainability’, because it increases the value of that estate, the proceeds of which are exempt from corporation and capital gains tax. Lucky, lucky him.

As we have pointed out before, it’s not easy being green… unless you’re filthy stinking rich.

Even more weird is that Juniper should be getting into bed with the future king of England given the number of claims that environmentalism is synonymous with anti-capitalism. It seems that Juniper is more interested in pre-capitalist… feudal… society than anti-capitalist or communist society. Maybe he shares Charles’s keenness for ‘natural orders’.

“Harmony” will warn of the threat big business poses to the environment, HarperCollins said.

If Charles carries on with this preaching to a country experiencing perhaps its most severe recession ever, while sitting on top of a massive stack of cash, he is likely to become an inconvenient monarch. The prince, who reportedly runs his cars on wine… seriously… is going to be making statements equivalent to ‘can’t they eat cake?’. Some might shout, ‘off with his head’. But Charles, the vocal advocate of homeopathy and talking to flowers to encourage their growth… is already off his head.

Honi-Soit-Qui-Mal-Y Ponce

After our ‘Green Aristocracy‘ post yesterday, it was amusing to see that

Prince Charles has warned that the financial crisis should not distract from the longer-term problem of the “climate crunch”.

Speaking during a visit to Tokyo, the Prince of Wales said the global economy was “rightly a preoccupation of vast significance and importance”.

The trip is part of a wider tour of the Far East, which will also see the prince and the duchess travel to Brunei. Charles will later journey on to Indonesia alone.

In other words, Prince Charles, the multi-multi-multi millionaire, owner of one of the biggest estates in the UK, and heir to even more, who has never done a stroke of work, who has people to put toothpaste on his royal toothbrush, who doesn’t ever need to worry about what he can or can’t afford, losing his job, or having his home repossessed, whilst swanning around the world in luxurious accommodation and transport says that he thinks we might have our priorities wrong.

Charles called on developed nations to cut carbon emissions by 70% to 80% by the year 2050, saying any crisis faced today would be nothing compared with what would befall the world “if we continue on a business-as-usual basis”.

“The scientists tell us there is just the smallest window left for us to make the transformational changes in the way we live needed to stop catastrophic climate change,” he said.

“The worry of course is that this window of opportunity is available to us at exactly the same time as the global economy is under severe strain. But despite this we simply mustn’t abandon the drive towards a low carbon economy.”

As we have pointed out, ‘the scientists’ say no such thing.

His 38-year-old Aston Martin now runs on bioethanol from surplus wine, while his fleet of Jaguars, Audi and Range Rover use biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil.

Once, such ‘can’t they eat cake’ indifference to the dirty masses might have given rise to calls for his head to be removed from his shoulders. Today, of course, what he says is in agreement with the anarchist ‘revolutionaries’, class warriors and ossified socialists at the Climate Camp. Their heads are as remote from their shoulders as Charles’ is.   

Charlie, Carbon, and the Carrots

Prince Charles’s footprint has hit the headlines again. He is now officially ‘carbon neutral’.

Among the first to congratulate the next in line to the throne was Friends of the Earth Director, Tony Juniper:

The fact he reduced his carbon emissions by 9% in the last year alone highlights the potential for making rapid cuts in the nation’s contribution to climate change. 

Tony has obviously been eating too many of Charlie’s rotten carrots and failed to read the small print:

The household’s carbon footprint was calculated at 3,425 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2006-2007. 

Charles’s carbon footprint weighs more than most people’s houses. In fact, it weighs more than a small street. Tony should realise that the only reason Charlie is able to make these gestures is because he receives income from a vast estate of land, property and shares, and is extraordinarily well connected. Very few other farms or businesses in the country are in this position. All this says about the ‘potential for making rapid cuts in the nation’s contribution to climate change’ is that it’s only easy if you’re going to be king.