Must-see TV

Well almost.

The Richard Dimbleby lecture last night was given by HRH the Prince of Wales. The message he gave is very important, but I do find the delivery a bit slow. I suppose that is the nature of lectures…

The Prince talked about empirical science, philosophy, and the natural world — the physical world and spirituality. OK, perhaps not always easy going.

But in the end it all boils down to one simple statement: “We must look after the Earth… that which sustains us must also itself be sustained.” And “we are failing to do that.”

The result, in his words, is that:

“We are standing at a moment of substantial transition where we face the dual challenges of a world view and an economic system that seem to have enormous shortcomings, together with an environmental crisis – including that of climate change – which threatens to engulf us all.”

What is the solution?

“Facing the future, therefore, requires a shift from a reductive, mechanistic approach to one that is more balanced and integrated with Nature’s complexity – one that recognizes not just the build up of financial capital, but the equal importance of what we already have – environmental capital and, crucially, what I might best call “community capital.” That is, the networks of people and organizations, the post offices and pubs, the churches and village halls, the mosques, temples and bazaars – the wealth that holds our communities together; that enriches people’s lives through mutual support, love, loyalty and identity. “

The way forward is to re-build community.

You can watch the programme here until 15 July:

Click through to i-player, available until 15 July 2009

You can also read the text of the speech, here:

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