Skip to comments.UK: Charles cancels ski trip to back green pledges
Posted on 01/19/2007 8:55:25 PM PST by bruinbirdman
The Prince of Wales, criticised yesterday by a Cabinet minister for flying to New York to pick up an environmental award, has quietly cancelled his annual skiing trip to Klosters to cut greenhouse gases.
The decision was taken as part of the Prince's pledge last year to reduce his carbon footprint and was made before the furore over the New York trip.
David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, criticised Charles for going to the United States with a 20-strong entourage to collect the Harvard Club's Global Environmental Citizen Award from Meryl Streep, the Hollywood actress. The flight will cost around £120,000.
Mr Miliband said: "Was it a particularly heavy award?
"I think a lot of business can be done by telephone and video link these days." Clarence House last night declined to be drawn on why the Prince was not going to Klosters, a 75-minute flight compared with the seven-and-a-half hour trip by jumbo jet to New York.
Princes William and Harry could not go to Switzerland because of their Army commitments. Charles, who has described climate change as the "biggest threat to mankind", made the decision in accordance with his announcement last year that he would publish details of his own carbon footprint a measure of how his activities have had an impact on the environment in his 2007 accounts.
One royal source said: "There are no plans for a skiing trip. The Prince is trying to cut back on his carbon footprints and this is one of the factors in his decision.
"He is reviewing all areas of his life which involve travel. He is thinking carefully about all his engagements."
The fact that William and Harry could not join him made the decision easier. "That is not to say that the Prince will not go to Klosters again. . . he might," the source added.
Charles, 59 in November, has already been forced to give up polo, which he has played since he was a teenager, on doctors' orders because of his bad back.
The ban on fox hunting has also robbed him of another sporting passion.
When the ban was first raised, the Prince said it would drive him to leave the country and spend his life skiing.
What do Charles and Obama have in common ?
I had a burrito for dinner. Does that make me bad?
Great, left all leftist weasels and Islamo-fascists stay at home, permanently. Let those of us who are not enviro-whacko fanatics enjoy the conveniences of modern travel without the wacky left and without Islamist fanatics. Our airplanes will be safe and we will not have to listen to dull harangues from the wacky left (I sat next to a young woman who adores Rosie O'Donnell on a recent flight, but she was good looking and I did not have the heart to burst her bubble too aggressively).
What do Charles and a bird brain have in common?
Good, save more gas for me. Now if Gore and Mooreon would take his lead????
Pray for W and Our Troops
He's going to have to stay at home in the dark, in the cold, eating cold food with his horse faced wife. If only we can get Bono to join him.
That mean he made black marks on someone's carpet?
A: Prodigiously sized auricles ( or pinna, if you will.)
Bigger than his mother's Uncle's friend?
It depends on your greenhouse gasses....
The Queen Mum was steadfast in her support of the Allies and stayed loyal!!
He is a fool.
Thaaaat's not real...is it?
Don't worry, Chucky! I took up your slack this week and put about 15 lbs. of VOC's into the atmosphere spraying trim and millwork.
The Prince maybe develop a sudden fondness for predictions of Global Cooling..
Goodie for Charles. Spot on. I feel so much better now. The "environment" is saved by his gracious and selfless act of cancelling his skiing trip.
If only we could get the Huffin' puffing ton to cancel her private jet trips. Oh wait, I forgot, the planes "were already going there".
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