If you take the time to ponder, and think back to what you learnt about the food chain at school, photosynthesis and the changing of the seasons, not to mention processes like composting and the fruiting of our plants, then it’s not hard to see how nature is such a great provider.
Tony Juniper’s book is the follow up to Harmony, in which he supported the authorship of HRH the Prince of Wales, and which discusses our relationship with nature. Tony is a huge supporter of many environmental projects and charities, including Friends of the Earth International and the Prince of Wales Charities’ International Sustainability Unit. He is an advisor on many sustainability-linked committees and working groups. Find out more about him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Juniper.
If you’re a gardener who simply likes to potter in the greenhouse and grow a few plants, then this book may not be for you. On the other hand, if you consider your gardening efforts to be a contribution towards environmental sustainability and the greater good of the earth, then you may fancy dipping in to a copy.
Prince Charles, who also consulted Tony as a Special Advisor on his Rainforests Project, has championed the new book. He has spoken of his concern about becoming a grandfather and not wishing the child to wonder why past generations did not act to protect the environment. He said he does not want to leave a “total poisoned chalice” to future children, and the patronages to charities that he supports are evidence of his sincerity. They include projects such as Earth Rangers, a children’s fundraising campaign that helps protect wild animals and their habitats, and Garden Organic, the UK’s leading organic growing charity.
Gabriel Ash’s Robin Parker commented: “Gardening means a lot of different things to a lot of different people – we all have our reasons for going out into our gardens and creating an environment that pleases us. Tony’s new book relates that to the wider picture. He has an amazing biography of environment-based experience and if you’re interested in the subject, then this book is well worth a read.”
Tony Juniper’s book ‘What has nature ever done for us?’ is published by Profile Books and costs £9.99. It can be ordered from Telegraph Booksor other suppliers.
See Prince Charles’s newspaper article on the subject at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/9790318/Prince-Charles-We-must-take-care-of-our-environment.html