NBC to screen Prince Charles’ green movie Harmony
The heir to the British throne is taking his climate change campaign to TV screens in the United States.
A TV movie made by Prince Charles about climate change and attempts to find pioneering solutions to the world’s environmental problems will be showcased by U.S. TV network NBC Universal in November 2010.
The film, Harmony, will be broadcast by NBC in November 2010 and has been described by the network as “an urgent, accessible and practical call to action.” The screening will be part of NBC Universal’s fourth annual week of programming to promote green lifestyles.
NBC said Harmony, and a companion television special, emerged out of three decades of work on climate change by Prince Charles, once mocked as the “tree-hugging prince.”
The film follows Prince Charles at work in Britain and overseas, and has contributions from farmers, business and government leaders. It also includes clips from an interview the Prince of Wales did about the environment in 1988 with former U.S. vice president Al Gore.
Prince Charles, 61, the eldest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, is an organic farmer and has long campaigned for environmental issues.
Harmony highlights Prince Charles’ view that man has lost his once instinctive understanding of how to live in harmony with the natural world.
“Just as mankind has the power to push the world to the brink, so too does he have the power to restore it,” the Prince of Wales says in Harmony.
In another clip, he asks: “Is it really our intention to wipe all these people away from the land?”
Prince Charles’ crusade for the environment follows those by other celebrities and politicians who have used their status to back the green cause. The Prince of Wales’ project will be compared to that of Al Gore, the former U.S. vice-president, who won an Oscar and the Nobel Peace Prize for An Inconvenient Truth, his book and film on climate change.
Prince Charles has recently emerged as a vocal champion of environmental issues.
In December 2009, he joined Al Gore and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Copenhagen climate summit where he warned world leaders that the planet’s life-support system was failing, and threatening “our very survival as a species.”
“Remember that our children and grandchildren will ask not what our generation said, but what it did. Let us give an answer, then, of which we can be proud,” he said in Copenhagen.
In 2007, Prince Charles co-authored a book about organic gardening. His book on the environment, to be published by HarperCollins, will be released in 2010. A children’s version is expected to be published in 2011.
NBC Universal has partnered with Prince Charles in an effort to continue its battle to save the environment. The network plans to launch a week of programs promoting healthy lifestyles on June 21. The programming will include health tips from Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels, a healthy food version of Top Chef on Bravo, a Be Well, Be Happy series on NBC News programs and a program on details about health problems faced by Hispanics to be aired on the Telemundo network.