Carlos III, king committed to the environment

Carlos III succeeds his mother Elizabeth II to the British throne, after decades in the shadow of her tenure and popularity. In 2021, before the platinum jubilee, the Queen commissioned her first-born son in an environmental proposal. The British Royal Household then announced: “The Queen has joined the Prince of Wales’ initiative to plant the first trees,” marking the 70th anniversary of his reign. This trait shaped the character of Carlos III from his youth. Since then, she has expressed her commitment to the environment, nature and climate causes.

The sovereign begins his reign immersed in the “deep pain” that torments him due to the loss of his mother and the international excitement focused on expressions of solidarity and condolences. The last hours in Britain are spent in pompous ceremonies and attached to strict royal traditions under the gentle gaze of the British.

Carlos III, 73, assumes his responsibilities as monarch amid political and economic complexities disrupting daily life in the United Kingdom. In addition, in the transit of a green route to achieve carbon neutrality and save the planet from the climate crisis. Today there is an energy crisis fueled by supply uncertainty and high gas and electricity prices.

The 2021 environmental initiative was not the only one that Queen Elizabeth II supported and continued with her presence. He also dug the hole with his hands and planted a tree. Other plans and motivations of his successor were endorsed and disseminated by the crown. Undoubtedly, Carlos marked a broad and committed environmental agenda. In his first televised address to the nation, Carlos III praised Elizabeth II’s “devotion and devotion” as mother and sovereign.

Carlos III and the environment

A survey by the company Ipsos revealed the expectations of the British about the leadership of their monarchy. In May, data on the satisfaction of UK citizens with the various figures who are part of the royal household revealed the low popularity of the current king. While his mother Elizabeth II had the highest approval rating, 86%, and his Prince William, 81%, Carlos reached 65% satisfaction with his people.

With Prince Charles expected to become king, the public was asked how he would act as monarch. A majority, 68%, see him as someone who will use his position to put the spotlight on climate change. Just over half (55%) said they would become head of state in the same Commonwealth countries as their mother. Meanwhile, 43% believe they will carry out work to modernize the institution, and 4 in 10 that they will reduce Crown spending.

So far, and given the growing expectations of his reign, Carlos III has gone a long way in favor of the environment. On February 19, 1970, he gave his first speech on the subject. At that time, when he was 22 years old and the world was still not so aware of the big problems of pollution, he warned about the dangerous effects that plastic could cause to the environment.

Early concern about climate change

Since the 1970s, Prince Charles has become more and more committed to this cause. In 1980, he wrote a book about his younger brother, Prince Edward, called The Old Man of Lochnagar. The story of an old man who lives in a cave near Lochnagar, a mountain near Balmoral where the royal family spends their summer holidays.

He published it in aid of the charity The Prince’s Trust. It has been called ever since The Legend of Lochnagarin honor of the movie based on the book.

In 2007, he launched the Prince Rain Forest Project. A global initiative that has the support of companies, politicians and individuals to raise awareness and action against tropical deforestation. Most recently, last September, it established the Council on Sustainable Markets in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

“We are currently facing the terrible consequences of pollution and all its cancerous forms,” ​​he said, referring to the impact suffered by ecosystems as a result of human activity. “What we’re trying to do is build a necessary bridge between investors and projects,” he told the Sustainable Markets Council.

During a recent official visit to the island of Palau, the current Carlos III expressed his concern about the climate and the environment. “What we do to the ocean and nature, we end up doing to ourselves. The situation is really serious and the consequences of inaction and business as usual are unimaginable,” he said.

Organic crops and other offers

Commenting on the UK’s heatwaves this summer, he said: “Commitments to net zero emissions have never been more important. We are all suffocating from the alarming record temperatures in the UK and Europe. The climate crisis is a real emergency and it is absolutely necessary to deal with it.

Although climate change is a crisis that governments are almost desperately trying to deal with, Carlos has been warning about it for a long time. As Prince of Wales, he installed one of the world’s first bottle banks at Buckingham Palace in 1980, which was ridiculed by the press, he reviewed Profile. He has also pioneered farming techniques for the past 35 years, installing solar panels at his home at Highgrove House and other royal homes.

There are many declarations and public and private actions of Carlos III in defense of the environment. In 1986 he converted his farm at Highgrove House (the house he restored with the idea of ​​making his home there with Diana of Wales) into an organic farming site.

From Highgrove House are most of the fruits he eats in the morning, as well as the vegetables at dinner. It was in these facilities that he launched his organic brand Duchy Originals in 1990, which sells more than 200 sustainable products, from food to garden furniture.

According to Telegraph, Prince Charles’ Aston Martin, a birthday present from the Queen, now runs on biofuel made from surplus English wine. In the meantime, he makes sure his Jaguars, Audis and Range Rovers run on oil.

A plan to save the planet

In early 2021, the King of England attended the fourth edition of the Summit on Biodiversity, which brought together the international community in Paris. There he presented his Terra Carta, or Earth Charter, a Magna Carta-style document outlining his ten-year project to save the planet. A plan for which he called on business industry leaders to commit to being more environmentalists and to allocate 7,800 million euros for what he called “natural capital” to be allocated to the environment.

In his “Earth Charter” he developed a “recovery plan” towards sustainability, to give rights and value to nature. In this project he already has the support of Sir Jony Ive, the man who designed the Apple iPhone and who drafted the document of this new Charter, he reviewed ABC.

Among the initiatives that could be included in the “Carta Terra” is afforestation and landscape restoration as a means of reducing emissions. Also, restoring biodiversity and promoting sustainable economic growth and job creation. The project puts nature, people and the planet as the foundation to be able to transform the resources of the private sector. Thus, the text presents 100 recommendations for companies. The King of England and his team cemented them after months of meetings with industry leaders, governments and investors.

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