Today got to meet HRH Prince Charles, and host him at our Te Rae O Atiu colony on the Kaikoura peninsula.
He came in, met all of the trustees and family assembled, spent some time looking at and talking about our amazing Titi, then continued on his way.
Seemed to me like a really nice person, genuinely interested in the plight of our endangered Shearwater.
Now all we need is someone with some spare cash to notice, and take an interest in funding the development of remote monitoring systems for the three remaining colonies.
The official video from the prince’s visit is well worth a watch and listening to. I was impressed upon meeting him of what seemed clearly to me to be his genuine interest in both people and nature, and the well being of both.
What he says is:
“The tragedy of our recent past, it seems to me, is that we have come to view human achievement in terms of our ability to defeat nature. To defy the limitations she imposes on us and to demonstrate our own supremacy, as a species, over the natural economy she requires. Now in all of this we could do well to recall the belief of many indigenous peoples around the world that in making decisions we should think about the consequences for unborn children seven generations in the future.
It would be worth bearing in mind the Maori principle of kaitiakitanga which holds that we are intrinsically connected to the natural environment and that it is beholden on us to treat it with care, guardianship and good management.
If, ladies and gentlemen, we can find a place for this traditional wisdom at the heart of a new decarbonised and circular bio-economy; if we can turn back to nature with reverence and respect and recognise that we are utterly dependent upon her; and if we realise that our economy must be informed by Nature’s own waste free circular economy; then we can still change course.”