Prince Charles stars in teaser for COP26: In Your Hands
The future King, 72, has written a foreword for It’s Up To Us, a book created to help the younger generation understand the importance of putting nature at the heart of everyone’s actions. In his introduction, the Prince of Wales spoke about children’s “unique curiosity for Nature” and our planet.
Prince Charles also said: “All the people in the world need to do everything they can to keep Nature healthy so that people and animals can be healthy.
“This means that we need all of the world’s countries, cities, businesses and organizations to work together.”
The heir to the throne also mentioned Terra Carta, the charter part of the Sustainability Market Initiative he launched earlier this year in a bid to create a “coalition of the willing” made of business leaders putting sustainability at the forefront of their enterprises.
He said: “This is why I created the Terra Carta as a roadmap for Nature, People and Planet.”
Prince Charles has penned a children’s book’s foreword
Prince Charles is the heir to the throne
This children’s book is written by Christopher Lloyd and released by What on Earth Publishing in collaboration with The Prince’s Foundation – the Prince of Wales’s main charitable body.
It’s Up To Us is entirely focused on climate change and the most pressing environmental issues currently experienced by the Earth.
Its release, on November 1, will come during COP26, the much-anticipated United Nations’ climate change summit taking place between October 31 and November 12 in Glasgow.
Copies of this book, described on its cover as “The Children’s Terra Carta”, will be donated to every primary school in Scotland.
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Half of the proceeds from the sales will go to the Prince’s Foundation in support of its charitable work.
Simon Sadinsky, executive director of The Prince’s Foundation, said in a statement in the run-up to the publication of the book: “Sustainability sits at the very heart of The Prince’s Foundation so we are delighted to be collaborating with What on Earth Publishing and the Sustainable Markets Initiative on It’s Up to Us.
“The book, and the story it tells, comes at a very important moment: our climate is changing, our forests and animal habitats are under threat and our oceans are being polluted.
“As a charity, we strive to find the best possible ways to help bring Nature, People and Planet back into balance and we are very much looking forward to sharing this exciting and important publication with children all over the world to help inspire them to put the planet first.”
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Prince Charles in a clip released amid the launch of ‘COP26: In Your Hands’
This latest initiative backed by Prince Charles appears to give a nod to Meghan’s work as an author.
The Duchess of Sussex penned a children’s book, The Bench, which was released in June.
And similarly to It’s Up To Us, The Bench featured inclusive illustrations made by an award-winning artist, Christian Robinson.
The illustrations in Prince Charles’s book have been made by 33 diverse, award-winning creators from around the world.
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Prince Charles is not new to the publishing industry as he has penned several forewords and books – including the children’s novel The Old Man of Lochnagar which, released in 1980, focuses on an old man living in a cave near Balmoral.
The Prince of Wales, who is to take part in COP26 alongside his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen, Kate and Prince William, is focusing much of his latest efforts on bringing awareness about the environmental crisis among young people.
This morning, a clip featuring the Prince of Wales was released to boost the launch of the 30-minute-long documentary by Sky ‘COP26: In Your Hands’.
This film is aimed at young people and features six young activists “who have all seen the impact of climate change where they live and have ideas about what needs to be done to help the planet become healthy again”, Charles explained.
Prince Charles started focusing his work on the environment in the early 1970s
Speaking about Prince George, he also said: “I am old enough to have a grandson.
“Like you, he is learning how climate change is causing the big storms, and floods, droughts, fires and food shortages we have seen around the world.”
Mentioning his five-decade-long commitment to the environmental cause, he said: “When I was his age, people had no idea about the damage we were doing.
“But by the time I was a teenager, I started to see that if we didn’t stop polluting our planet, we would face a very dangerous future indeed.
“This is why I’ve spent so much of my life trying to warn that we have to operate in ways which can make nature thrive, not suffer.
“We have forgotten that we have to put back into nature as much as we take out – and you have an important part to play in this.”