Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"This," writes Charles, Prince of Wales, "is a call to revolution. The Earth is under threat. It cannot cope with all that we demand of it. It is losing its balance and humans are causing this happen. And so, like all revolutionaries, I feel it is necessary to overthrow what has become an establishment view." The Prince Charles of this book seems far removed from the controversial English royal that most Americans know, but in actuality, the heir apparent to the Commonwealth crown has been a vigorous advocate of environmentalism for decades. Harmony draws on traditional wisdom, historical examples, and modern practices to show how we can restore our classical balance with nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061731358
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,405,158
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

1 Harmony 1

2 Nature 29

3 The Golden Thread 85

4 The Age of Disconnection 143

5 Renaissance 185

6 Foundations 257

7 Relationship 293

Acknowledgements 326

Index 327

Picture Credits 330

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    "Harmony"--A Clarion Call For A Sustainability Revolution!

    Regardless of your view of British Royalty or the Prince of Wales up to now, I challenge any open-minded, intelligent, compassionate human being who truly cares about the future of our Earth and its inhabitants, to read this new book by Prince Charles--"Harmony: A New Way of Looking At Our World"--and not conclude that this man's obvious magnum opus should not only be placed in the hands of all world leaders we're entrusting with our future and that of our children, but also be a text taught from in schools at all levels in all countries and languages (there's also a children's edition, with all published in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Brazil, thus far), especially in graduate and doctoral Environmental Studies programs. When we say one is "a prince of peace" or "a prince among men," it's a great complement. I hope all who love our planet and its living things will now join this Cambridge-educated Prince of Wales--who's spent 30 years studying the essential principles of harmony and how they work in Nature, and how, if we ignore them, our Earth's precious life-support systems start to wobble and may eventually collapse--in his heartfelt plea to make this age fit for a sustainable future.  In essence, "Harmony" is a clarion call for a global Sustainability Revolution. Whether you prefer the hundredth-monkey or critical-mass metaphor, it's now clear to all who've done their homework (and if there ever was a 'Cliff's Notes' version of the encroaching catastrophe threatening us and our global village, "Harmony" is it), that we humans must finally achieve the quantum leap in consciousness now clearly necessary to save our planet from ourselves.  Fortunately, "Harmony" offers not only an overview of our present situation, but also a list of the solutions, all of which depend, for their success, on looking at the world in a different way. Thus, this brilliant book challenges "the current world view in all the important areas of human activity--in agriculture and architecture, education, healthcare, in science, business, and economics," warning that "none of us can survive for very long if the underlying well-being of the planet is destroyed." "Harmony's" hope: "Let this book be a means of explaining what has caused us to think that we can abandon Nature's rhythmic patterns. We have done so, not just in the mechanized processes we use to grow our food and treat our farm animals, or the way in which we design and build our homes, towns and cities, or the way in which we deny the crucial relationship between mind, body and spirit in healthcare. We have also done so in the way we fail, in our systems of economics, to measure and put a proper value on Nature's vital services, and even in the manner we teach OUT a proper whole-istic understanding of the fact that we are a PART of Nature, not apart from Her, when it comes to our children's education." Thank you so much, sisters and brothers, for reading "Harmony," as well as for helping spread its message which is now absolutely critical to helping us "act before it is too late," wherever and in whatever ways you're able. . .even if only writing a review of "Harmony" for your own town or city's publications, just as I have here. [In fact, please feel free to send them this one, with my permission.]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    I research natural systems and the corporate disharmony that is

    I research natural systems and the corporate disharmony that is devouring them and our future. Prince Charles does an excellent job of discussing the issues and the reasons why we need to change. We truly are at a turning point in history between choosing the bright future of a natural world or the corporate destruction of humanity.

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    Bathroom

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    Posted June 20, 2013

    Harmony at its Best~ prologue Violet and Harmony

    Birds sang their sweet melodies in the cool, crisp morning air. Violet, a white cat with purple eyes, sat siwntly with her eyes closed. "Violet! Stop meditating and come eat something!" Yowled Harmony. She sighed, and shoved her way through the bricks into a small bricken ally with her family crammed in it.Harmony sat in the corner, her honey freckled fur glowing in the sun. "Morning!" She yowled to her littermate. Their mother Marmalade came into their small home, carring an old chicken breast. "Breakfast!" Marmalade meowed through the foul smelling chicken. She plopped it in front of Harmony and violet. "Mom, when are we gonna go into the forest?" violet asked, eagerly. "Why would you ask such a thing? Theres giant lions in their that eat other cats for dinner!" Marmalade flicked her tail in annoyance. "Sorry mother..." Violet mewed sadly.

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    Posted January 20, 2013

    Derek

    Okay. Gtg

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