How King Charles “moved the dial” on sustainable farming
The coronation of King Charles the Third is upon us.
But away from the street parties and the pomp at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, we are going to focus on the new King’s impact on agriculture.
As Prince of Wales, Charles was a long-time advocate for sustainable agriculture – sometimes getting in trouble for expressing his views.
Once described as a one-man NGO, he was arguably ahead of his time as a high-profile figure talking about things like climate change, pollution, and organic produce.
But why was he so focused on the environment? Just how influential has he been? And how will things change now that he is king?
Dr Tony Juniper CBE, Environmentalist
Tony Juniper is and environmentalist and former Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit.
He is also Chair of Natural England. Before taking up this role in April 2019 he was Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK, and a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and President of the Wildlife Trusts.
He speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes. He’s the author of many books, including the multi-award winning bestseller ‘What has nature ever done for us?’ published in 2013. The Ladybird guide to climate change, co-authored with HRH The Prince of Wales and Emily Shuckburgh, was published in January 2017. His latest book, ‘Rainforest‘, was published in April 2018.
Bob Ward, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Bob joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in November 2008, shortly after its launch.
He also holds the following positions: Deputy Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership, and Policy and Communications Director for the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.
Bob has also worked at the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science, for eight years, until October 2006. His responsibilities there included leading the media relations team.
He has also worked as a freelance science writer and journalist.