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Charles, Prince of Wales
(14 Nov 1948 - )

British prince who, while heir apparent to the British throne, takes an active interest in civic issues such as architecture, the environment, education and disadvantaged people.

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“Trees are Worth More Alive Than Dead”

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“My Rainforests Project … has three main elements. Firstly, to determine how much funding the rainforest countries need to re-orientate their economies so that the trees are worth more alive than dead.”
— Prince Charles
Speaking at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Indonesia (3 Nov 2008)

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The Context of Prince Charles' “Trees are Worth More Alive” Quote

In Nov 2008, the Prince of Wales delivered the Presidential Lecture, at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Indonesia, the world's third largest democracy. His main themes were the stewardship of Nature, the global concern with climate change, and the need for the whole world to unite and “with a real sense of urgency and resolve to act together.” He firmly believed that “We need, in fact, to see the problem in its broadest sense; it is not just a question of environmental protection but also one of social justice and community empowerment.”

“There are some truths which are so important that they demand constant repetition… A good starting position, and indispensable point of reference, is the timeless wisdom about Man’s stewardship of our natural environment provided by the world’s great religions. … The concept of stewardship is common not only to the three Abrahamic faiths, but also to other great faiths and philosophies including Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism, which all stress the need for us to live in harmony with our environment. …”

“An archipelagic country such as Indonesia with over 17,000 islands and a coastline of more that 80,000 kilometres is left especially vulnerable. Rising sea levels are already affecting coastal settlements in Java and elsewhere, with both fisheries’ and agricultural productivity affected. … There will be unprecedented geo-political, economic and social upheavals.”

The Prince congratulated the Indonesian President for the initiatives he had taken to address the problems. Then the Prince explained the Rainforests Project he had started to help with the needed funding.

“The simple fact is that the world is not paying for the services the forests provide. At the moment, they are worth more dead than alive—for soya, for beef, for palm oil and for logging, feeding the demand from other countries. Speaking as someone from one of those countries, I think we need to be clear that the drivers of rainforest destruction do not originate in the rainforest nations, but in the more developed countries which, unwittingly or not, have caused climate change.”

For the remainder of his time, Prince Charles addressed how he believed the governments, companies and institutions around the world could become involved in constructive actions and the possible approaches to raising financial assistance.

“This is precisely why I started my Rainforests Project which … has three main elements. Firstly, to determine how much funding the rainforest countries need to re-orientate their economies so that the trees are worth more alive than dead. Secondly, to show how this funding can be provided by the more developed world and, thirdly, to help identify ways in which the funding could be used in a durable and equitable way by the rainforest nations.”

Prince Charles referred to the initiatives that were already in progress. “There are moves afoot to develop markets that can provide incentives to reduce deforestation. But this may take too long and we do not have the luxury of time. That is why we must find a way of anticipating these markets and helping them to develop; of mobilizing the truly awesome power of private sector capital to provide emergency financing. This is at the heart of my Project.

“When the rainforest nations have developed products and services to replace those that presently come from, or depend on, deforestation—and when the developed countries have created or enhanced the markets to buy these products and services—the private sector will, in effect, pay for the forests to be maintained.”

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Context by Webmaster. Quotes from Prince Charles' Presidential Lecture (3 Nov 2008) at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Indonesia. (source)

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  • Science Quotes by Charles, Prince of Wales.
  • Prince Charles - Context of the “Forests are the worlds air-conditioning system” quote - with medium image (500 x 350px).
  • Prince Charles - Context of the “Forests are the worlds air-conditioning system” quote - with large image (800 x 600px).
  • Prince Charles - Context of the “Rainforest countries need to re-orientate their economies so that the trees are worth more alive than dead” quote - with large image (800 x 600px).

Nature bears long with those who wrong her. She is patient under abuse. But when abuse has gone too far, when the time of reckoning finally comes, she is equally slow to be appeased and to turn away her wrath. (1882) -- Nathaniel Egleston, who was writing then about deforestation, but speaks equally well about the danger of climate change today.
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