ARC welcomes the appointment of Prince Charles as
WWF-UK's new President
September 9, 2011:
ARC welcomes the appointment of His Royal Highness
The Prince of Wales as WWF-UK’s new President,
announced yesterday, and in particular notes his
comments about the importance of a spiritual
connection to the natural world.
ARC Secretary-General Martin Palmer described
Prince Charles as a"visionary and inspiring"
campaigner on environmental issues for many years
who, like his father, ARC’s founder His Royal
Highness The Prince Philip, also recognised the
importance of our spiritual relationship to the
“Often environmental groups have ignored the role
that spirituality and the major faiths can make
because they have focused too much on data and not
on touching hearts and minds,” said Martin.
“It’s wonderful to see that WWF, which started
this whole process of working with the faiths 25
years ago, now has a President in the UK who
speaks so openly about it.”
In his speech announcing his Presidency yesterday
Prince Charles commented that many of today’s many
environmental, economic and social challenges were
“not only linked, but all related to a fundamental
disconnection from Nature”.
He added: “What I am alluding to is our spiritual
connection to the natural world because, without
it, life would surely be pointless.
“It may not seem to make much difference
economically if the swallows, swifts and
housemartins no longer turn up each Spring, but
what would life be like if we just accepted their
extinction because their habitats have been
"This is why I consider the work of the WWF to be
so important. Because you do consider what I would
call the sense of the sacredness of the natural
world and seek to get that important feeling
across to people.”
To read Prince Charles’s speech in full, click