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Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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From the Back Cover
For the first time, HRH The Prince of Wales shares his views on how our most pressing modern challenges—from climate change to poverty—are rooted in mankind's disharmony with nature, presenting a compelling case that the solution lies in our ability to regain a balance with the world around us
With its holistic approach, this provocative and well-reasoned book takes the discussion of sustainability and climate change in a new direction. Prince Charles shows how the solutions to problems like climate change lie not only in technology but in our ability to change the way we view the modern world.
For decades, the Prince of Wales has been studying a wide array of disciplines to understand every aspect of man's impact on the natural world, and in that time he has examined everything from architecture to organic farming to sustainable economics. Now, for the first time, he speaks out about his years of research, presenting a fascinating look at how modern industrialization has led us to a state of disharmony with nature, created climate change, and pushed us to the brink of disaster.
From the rice farms of India to the prairies of America's corn belt, from the temples of Ancient Egypt to the laboratories of industrial designers, Harmony spans the globe to identify the different ways that contemporary life has abandoned the hard-earned practices of our history, a shift that has spurred a host of social problems and accelerated climate change.
Drawing on cases from farming, healthcare, transportation, and design, the Prince of Wales also offers solutions for change, creating a new vision for our world, one that incorporates the traditional wisdom of our past with the modern science of our present to avert catastrophe. In the end, Harmony paints a holistic portrait of what we as a species have lost in the modern age, while outlining the steps we can take to regain the harmony of our ancestors.
Illustrated with lush, four-color photographs and charts, this intelligent, practical, and well-reasoned guide is an indispensable weapon in the battle to save our planet.
About the Author
The Prince of Wales has used his unique position to make a difference throughout the world, establishing numerous charities and public interests, and organizing The Prince's Rainforests Project to combat deforestation and global warming.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is about our environment and the tell tale signs of how damaged it is, why and how it got this way and what we can all do about it. He speaks of "modernism" and the human races' shunning of its bond to nature and how this is unnatural to us and how shunning nature affects us. He briefly covers many subjects, many people do not realize what aspects of our lives that the environment and nature affect. He talks about Nature and its relation to health, healing, communities, crime, behavioral health, food, architecture, religion, math, etc. (The first two chapters are not for the faint of heart, however just like getting over a bad habit, you to admit you have it in order to start recovery so don't lose heart!)
I like the middle chapters; the history (and culture) of how before medieval times we all "lived off the land", how we got here stiffed with our current attitudes and about the Catholic churches involvement.
I shun "modernity" myself, I have felt this way a long time and frankly, I think it was great of Prince Charles to put it in black and white for people that think and feel like I do (a huge impact on people, today-a must read!). He is a very intelligent man, very in tune to all things around him, eloquent and also some humor here and there. The environment and nature touches our lives in so many aspects(aside from the current and immediate dangers), he brings this all together in one very well thought out/laid out book.
A definite addition to my activist library. I bought one for myself and 6 (so far) for friends, family and associates. It's that good and the message is that important! You will feel enlightened by the time you are at the end of the book. Enjoy!
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who cares deeply about the future of our planet and who wants to get back in touch with their own higher insights and sensibilities.
"Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World" speaks to all of us, but addresses a number of audiences in particular: civic and environmental leaders, city planners, architects, farmers, scientists, government leaders and officials, artists, craftspeople, builders, 'green' industry innovators and leaders, students, etc.
It could be used as recommended reading, or even perhaps a text, for courses in environmental studies, sustainable agriculture, art history, geography, architecture, urban, regional, and transportation planning and other subject areas.