Long before the phrase 'climate change' was a universal catchphrase, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was studying the impact of industrialization on the environment. Now, in this fascinating cross-disciplinary work, the Prince of Wales calls upon his years of research and explores the way in which mankind must work to restore the delicate balance with nature that we've lost in the centuries since the industrial revolution began.
In Harmony, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales draws upon a variety of elements from our modern world, and discusses how areas as diverse as architecture, farming, and medicine have each abandoned the classical balances with nature that existed in pre-industrial times. From the rice farms of India to America's corn belt, Harmony spans the globe, dissecting the specific practices of modern life that have put us at odds with nature and showing how these trends manifest themselves throughout the world.
Contrasting current styles of architecture with traditional design, and modern medicine techniques against those of the past, he paints a clear portrait of what we as a species have lost in the modern age. More than simply another treatise on global warming, Harmony tells a story that presents a clear, thoughtful look at how our disassociation from nature has led to the greatest environmental crisis in the history of mankind.
©2010 H.R.H. Prince of Wales (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
Incredibly well researched and grand in it's scope. After the first couple of hours I was getting so depressed about the state of the world that I wondered if I could take another nine hours. Fortunately,once he defines the problems he leads you through a fascinating tour of world history, philosophy, art and science. After establishing where humanity took a wrong turn he presents a practical new path for us to take. A road map for everything from climate change, agricultural practices, education and economics is laid out. As he states in the book, if you don't agree with his solutions, come up with better ones because "business as usual" is no longer an option. Contrary to his image in the media, Prince Charles is a true modern day philosopher full of compassion, insight and wisdom. He should be given his place as King of England and we could do worse than to have him as king of the world. Everyone should read this book.
"A wonderful book!"
This is a wonderful book mainly about the environment, history and the future. It is very clearly and logically laid out (not an easy task with so much information). I consider myself fairly well-informed on the environment etc., but certainly learned a lot. It) is also quite inspirational - I realy think if I had read this while at school I might have taken up science (but only for the right reasons - i.e. to help protect nature..). Of course, the fact it is read by Prince Charles is a great bonus - he has a very pleasant voice and it is a pleasure to hear someone with the perfect pronunciation!!!
"Very enjoyable listen"
I have and would recommend this book to everyone. It's a pleasure to listen to and can lead to you wanting to do your own further research on subjects you may be interested in.
Its well laid out and easy to understand as well as not being to technical. It looks at different things and does a good job in bringing subjects together and linking them. I have listened to it twice and enjoyed it both times.
Ideal for anyone including students and people with a interest in the environment, culture, travel, history, art literature amongst other things.
"Huge topic, very well addressed, succinct"
Yes - so many very interesting points that he raised that I would definitely like to go over again.
This is the first book of his I have read/listened to, and I really like the fact that he read it himself. Clear, well read and easy going.
The glimpses of hope he offers if we make a collective effort and stand to adjust our way of thinking and to use technology for the betterment of the planet rather than for humankind only.Highlights the efforts around the world that are already making a difference in big business, Transition towns and Permaculture.
I would encourage as many people as possible to read/listen to this book.
This book came as a pleasant surprise, It is well researched with real life example of how we as individuals, community's and country's can help the planet and all that live upon her. HRH presents fascinating views and historical facts and is well worth reading.
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