Prince Charles to stress harmony with nature in book

Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:53am EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles will write a book arguing that the world's pursuit of economic growth and technology has become "dangerously disconnected" from nature, publishers said on Monday.

The book, to be titled "Harmony," is due to be released in 2010, publisher HarperCollins, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, said in a statement. A picture book version for children is to be published in 2011.

"I believe that true 'sustainability' depends fundamentally upon us shifting our perception and widening our focus, so that we understand, again, that we have a sacred duty of stewardship of the natural order of things," Prince Charles, 60, said in the statement.

"In some of our actions we now behave as if we were 'masters of nature' and, in others, as mere bystanders," he said, adding that society needed to rediscover a sense of harmony, of being a part of nature.

Charles, heir to the British throne, has long supported environmental causes, including pushing for urgent measures to combat climate change.

(Editing by Daniel Trotta and Paul Simao)

 
<p>Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, walk together during their visit to Seymour Island March 17, 2009. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja</p>