the new British king, Charles IIIis an environmentalist with a long history of campaigning for the conservation of nature, organic farming and the fight against climate change, a commitment that may appeal to a younger population.
Among images from official activities and royal events, his Instagram account as the Prince of Wales includes snapshots in which he defends environmental causes in the United Kingdom and abroad.
He is shown planting trees, displaying organic fruits and vegetables and displaying colorful flowers from his residence at Clarence House in his garden in Highgrove in the west of the country.
One photo shows Carlos, who bestowed the title Prince of Wales on his son William on a visit to a threatened mangrove swamp in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.
When the UK hosted the COP26 climate summit in Scotland last year, he delivered the opening speech, in which he urged world leaders to redouble their efforts to combat global warming. “Time has really run out”He warned then.
Since his first major public speech on the subject in 1970, Carlos has “Warning about all aspects of the environment”Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
“In many ways, he has transcended the public and political consciousness” On the subject, he tells AFP.
Charles is the owner of a public garden and organic farm in Highgrove.
Some neighboring farmers were initially skeptical, but it became a commercial success, selling their produce. “Dutchy Organic” In the Waitrose supermarket chain.
“Her Royal Highness has taken many personal steps to live more sustainably”The official website says about the then Prince of Wales.
He said 90% of the energy used in his office and residence comes from renewable sources, and about half of it is generated by on-site solar panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, the rest being purchased electricity and gas . Source.
For several years, Carlos has published his annual carbon footprint, including his unofficial visit, which as of March 2022 amounts to 445 tonnes per year.
His car, an Aston Martin that he has driven for more than 50 years, was modified to use whey from making additional English white wine and cheese.
It uses a blend of 85% bioethanol and 15% unleaded fuel.
The monarch has chaired the WWF-UK animal defense organization since 2011, as has her father, Prince Philip, who held the role from 1981 to 1996.
He is also the head of other associations, such as “Surfers Against Sewage” and has given speeches on the loss of biodiversity.
In April he wrote an article for Newsweek magazine with the headline “Our kids judge us”,
His stance on issues such as the environment has drawn criticism, according to which he departed from constitutional norms that establish that the royal family should remain politically neutral.
Charles has repeatedly vowed to uphold constitutional practices and he repeated it upon taking the throne.
But he may not see environmental causes as openly political.
“He will be very observant as head of state”Anticipation Ward.
“He should be very careful not to be seen as putting pressure on the government, but I don’t think he is going to be completely silent.”he adds.
Many expect the new emperor to live up to his ideals.
“I think they need to be more humble and really push the environmental agenda, let it be their legacy”AFP tells painter Ruby Wright, 42, who went to Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to Elizabeth II.
Fashion designer Laura Birne, 30, agrees with him. “I think it’s important that I support the environment. I think it’s important for my generation.”,
As king you will have less time for your passion of gardening and farming. In a 1986 interview, he admitted that he talks to plants, which caused some ridicule.
But relief has already come to his son, Guillermo, who shares his environmental commitment.
Last year it created the Earthshot Award, which recognizes projects addressing the climate crisis.