Prince Charles of Wales has given us a lot to write about throughout the years due to his consistent eco-aspirations which remind us that back in our neck of the woods, we continue to live in somewhat of a sustainability stone age. The organic pioneer — who sells the sustainable fruits of his royal staff labors via the Duchy Originals line, donating the profits to various health, arts, education and eco-themed charities – happens to be involved in so many green efforts that it boggles the mind.
In the last several weeks alone, we’ve filled Ecorazzi readers in on the installation of a rooftop solar array at his Clarence House digs (while hanging our heads in crushing disappointment that our own prez put the kibosh on a White House version) as well as his Vogue Magazine eco-fashion tips, background info on his Garden Party To Make A Difference and the Sustainable Lifestyle Tour he took via recycled cooking fat-fueled train.
For all of the good green things that he does, the member of British royalty is also known to attract quirky news bits such as the revelation that ginormous rats are hopelessly drawn to his organic estate or the fact that he was brought to tears (…of joy?!?) while witnessing an unusual rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” via cat-organ during his garden party eco-shin-dig.
Author Katie Nicholl, who recently compiled research for a book on his sons with Princess Diana, says that among the information she gleaned about the Prince, he openly acknowledged regularly chatting to the trees and plants dotting the landscape around Clarence House. Organic farming enthusiasts are generally in agreement that this somewhat eccentric action enables plants to flourish, but in a new BBC 2 documentary, Charles confesses that this is the type of thing that makes people think of him as positively “loony”.
Is being loony necessarily a bad thing? Perhaps all of the crazies in the world who work tirelessly to make the world a greener place deserve a round of applause!
Via ABC News