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 usWith 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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  • Hardback | 329 pages
  • 193.04 x 246.38 x 33.02mm | 1,270.05g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061731315
  • 9780061731310
  • 142,943

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Prince Charles writes in a simple, thoughtful, yet richly evocative style. He observes a common malaise created by the modern way of life, an Age of Disconnection, separating many people from life's natural rhythms while contributing to a condition of discontent and spiritual impoverishment, despite material wealth. Perhaps a future classic, the book's theme will be embraced by readers of all ages because its words have the power to strike an intuitive note within.show more
by James Geikie
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