Prince Charles: Expert discusses proposal to Camilla at Birkhall
The Prince of Wales, who is patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST), thanked volunteers who work to protect the forest animals. In the letter, the heir to the throne confessed he leaves his jackets with nuts left in the pockets outside in his Birkhall estate for squirrels to eat.
Prince Charles told volunteers who look after the native species he has enjoyed observing squirrels since he was young.
He wrote: “I am so very grateful to all of you for the crucial role you play in this ongoing battle to protect and restore a precious part of our natural heritage.
“They are such inquisitive and delightful characters.
“I take enormous pleasure in having them around – and in the house when I am at home in Scotland.”
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He added: “They have even been known to hunt down a few of their favourite nuts left out in an unguarded jacket pocket!”
The Prince of Wales has long been an advocate for environmental causes and recently launched a new initiative to mark half a century of campaigning.
His Terra Carta project aims to persuade businesses to join a charter to help tackle climate change.
HeirPod hosts and royal commentators Omid Scobie and Maggie Rulli discussed how Charles’ new campaign might change the future.
Mr Scobie told listeners: “This is really a huge step for Charles, and what he considers to be really part of the final chapter of his legacy as an environmentalist.
“This journey began in the 70s and here we are in 2021, really starting out big.”
Ms Rulli highlighted Charles’ figurative comparison between the Magna Carta, which dates back to the 1215, and the Terra Carta.
She added: “What was really striking for me was the philosophical angle that he took.
“The Magna Carta was this historic document that’s come to symbolise human rights, and the rights that humans and democracy should have.
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“The Terra Carta now wants to be something that symbolises the rights of nature, and the rights that the environment and the world has.”
Earlier this month, the future King appeared virtually at the global One Planet Summit event hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron to present his latest project.
He told attendees and viewers: “Today, I am making an urgent appeal to leaders, from all sectors and from around the world, to join us in this endeavour, and to give their support to this ‘Terra Carta’ – to bring prosperity into harmony with nature, people, and planet over the coming decade.
“I can only encourage, in particular, those in industry and finance to provide practical leadership to this common project.”
The Terra Carta aims to raise £7 billion in green investment before 2022 through the Natural Capital Investment Alliance.
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