Prince Charles issued a heartfelt plea to Britons and the world in a rare op-ed he penned while self-isolating at his Scottish home in Birkhall. The Prince of Wales said people across the world who are experiencing self-isolation and living on lockdown are coming to realise the impact nature has on our lives and how farming is vital.
The heir apparent has also highlighted how the lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic are changing the way consumers behave and bringing together local communities.
While acknowledging the changes the lockdown is having on everyone, Prince Charles urges the world not to return to its old way of living after the end of the pandemic.
He wrote in an op-ed published by Country Life Magazine: « One of the most encouraging developments I have heard of during these past few difficult weeks has been the growth of local food-delivery services, often sourcing locally produced food — vegetables, eggs, milk, meat, juice, homemade pies and cheese.
Prince Charles issued a heartfelt plea to Britons and the world in a rare op-ed he penned while self-isolating
Prince Charles has praised farmers for bringing food on our tables despite the coronavirus pandemic
« With low food miles and simple, short supply chains, these initiatives are reminding us how things could be and they are serving to bind communities ever closer together, too.
« At the same time, I sense that more people, be they in cities or the countryside, are noticing and appreciating Nature in a way they had not before — they are alive to the beauty of the wildflowers and the first glorious delicate green as the trees start to unfurl their leaves; of birdsong and the wonderful array of butterflies and bees that are suddenly bursting into hyperactivity.
« When we come out of this pandemic, as we surely will, it seems to me that we must learn some lessons: of the crucial importance of Nature to our wellbeing and to our very existence; of the power of localisation; and simply of a kinder way of being.
Prince Charles is passionate about organic farming
« After the suffering and the selflessness we are witnessing, we cannot allow ourselves to go back to how we were.
« This is a moment in history. »
In this candid op-ed, Prince Charles also spoke about the day-to-day changes he has been experiencing in his life – including a new interest for the funny side of the internet.
Prince Charles highlighted how technology has been helping the country during the pandemic
Prince Charles is the present holder of the Duchy of Cornwall
Speaking about how the pandemic is bringing out the best of many Britons, the prince said: « Younger people shopping for older folk, some making regular telephone calls to those living alone, Church services recorded and emailed to parishioners and, of course, we have seen the very best use of technology — allowing us to keep working, but also to keep in touch through virtual parties, games, singing — and some of the funniest videos I have seen for a long time!
« In such testing times, it is reassuring to see that adversity is bringing out the very best in people. »
The Prince of Wales has been speaking about the dangers of climate change and the need to protect the environment throughout the past five decades.
And through his work on the Duchy of Cornwall, he has also been able to highlight the positive impact of organic farming.
Prince Charles is the heir apparent to the throne
Farmers, the prince said in his op-ed, should be recognised every day for bringing food to our tables despite the challenges.
He said: « Of course, it all begins with our farmers.
« When was the last time anyone gave the availability of a bottle of milk, or a loaf of bread, or fresh vegetables a second thought?
« Suddenly, these things are precious and valued.
Prince Charles and Camilla are the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall
« And this is how it always should be. »
Saying there are 80,000 farmers working every day to produce our food, the prince added: « Day in and day out, they are working to produce food — for us.
« And we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. »
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