Prince Charles | Vanity Fair | 'Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World'

GreenTracker| Prince Charles is interviewed by Vanity Fair for their November 2010 issue, in advance of his new book “Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World”. Vanity Fair calls it “a visually stunning and surprisingly radical Green manifesto with a classical philosophical twist.”

“I am absolutely determined to be the defender of nature. Full stop. That’s what the rest of my life is going to be concerned with,” Prince Charles told Vanity Fair correspondent Bob Colacello.

Prince Charles is accustomed to being the subject of ridicule. He has dedicated himself to a variety of issues  including renewable energy, organic farming and religious tolerance long before they became urgent topics for the future of Mother Earth.

Colacello writes that a few days before his interview, Charles had given a speech on Islam and the environment at Oxford’s Centre for Islamic Studies. “The task is surely to reconnect ourselves with the wisdom found in Nature, which is stressed by each of the sacred traditions in their own way. From what I know of the Qu’ran, again and again it describes the natural world as the handiwork of a unitary benevolent power,” Charles said. The speech riled some of his critics, among them the best-selling atheist and V.F. contributing editor Christopher Hitchens. Writing in Slate, Hitchens denounced the “Prince of Piffle” as a fundamentalist fellow traveler and scientific know-nothing. Hitchens concluded, “An awful embarrassment awaits the British if they do not declare for a republic based on verifiable laws and principles, both political and scientific.” via Vanity Fair