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Authors: Charles HRH The Prince of Wales
ISBN-13: 9780061731310, ISBN-10: 0061731315
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Date Published: November 2010
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Charles HRH The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales is the heir to the British throne. Throughout his adult life he has dedicated himself to public service, charitable causes, and using his position to make a positive difference in areas such as environmental protection, sustainable development, youth opportunity, corporate social responsibility, interfaith relations, and organic farming. He is the founder and patron of twenty not-for-profit organizations that together make up The Prince's Charities. The group is the largest multicause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom.

Book Synopsis

For the first time, HRH The Prince of Wales shares his views on how our most pressing modern challenges—from climate change to poverty—are rooted in mankind's disharmony with nature, presenting a compelling case that the solution lies in our ability to regain a balance with the world around us

With its holistic approach, this provocative and well-reasoned book takes the discussion of sustainability and climate change in a new direction. Prince Charles shows how the solutions to problems like climate change lie not only in technology but in our ability to change the way we view the modern world.

For decades, the Prince of Wales has been studying a wide array of disciplines to understand every aspect of man's impact on the natural world, and in that time he has examined everything from architecture to organic farming to sustainable economics. Now, for the first time, he speaks out about his years of research, presenting a fascinating look at how modern industrialization has led us to a state of disharmony with nature, created climate change, and pushed us to the brink of disaster.

From the rice farms of India to the prairies of America's corn belt, from the temples of Ancient Egypt to the laboratories of industrial designers, Harmony spans the globe to identify the different ways that contemporary life has abandoned the hard-earned practices of our history, a shift that has spurred a host of social problems and accelerated climate change.

Drawing on cases from farming, healthcare, transportation, and design, the Prince of Wales also offers solutions for change, creating a new vision for our world, one that incorporates the traditional wisdom of our past with the modern science of our present to avert catastrophe. In the end, Harmony paints a holistic portrait of what we as a species have lost in the modern age, while outlining the steps we can take to regain the harmony of our ancestors.

Illustrated with lush, four-color photographs and charts, this intelligent, practical, and well-reasoned guide is an indispensable weapon in the battle to save our planet.

Table of Contents

1 Harmony 1

2 Nature 29

3 The Golden Thread 85

4 The Age of Disconnection 143

5 Renaissance 185

6 Foundations 257

7 Relationship 293

Acknowledgements 326

Index 327

Picture Credits 330




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