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Prince Charles revealed that his Aston Martin is fueled by cheese and wine and expressed sympathies for Greta Thunberg and groups like Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain in a large environmental interview.
Speaking to the BBC in Prince George’s Wood, an arboretum Charles created in the gardens of his home on the Balmoral Estate in Aberdeen, the heir to the throne said he was “deeply concerned” for the Earth and said humans were “over-exploiting”. ‘and damaging to nature.
He also said he understood the frustrations of young people and climate activists because they felt “no one is listening”.
Recalling his own encounter with his Extinction Rebellion, the royal recalled how the group staged a sit-in at his Highgrove estate before leaving a letter congratulating him on his past climate comments.
He also revealed that he did not eat meat and fish two days a week and dairy products one day.
Most remarkably, he explained how he converted his Aston Martin to run on the surplus English wine and whey from cheese production. The car, which he has owned for 51 years, now runs on a fuel called E85, which is 85% bioethanol and 15% unleaded gasoline.
Describing his diet, he added, “It’s one way to do it. If more people did it, it would reduce the pressure on the environment a lot.
Prince Charles expressed sympathy for groups like XR and activists like Greta Thunberg in a broad interview with the BBC
Charles explained how he converted his Aston Martin to run on surplus English wine and whey from cheese production
Speaking of Greta Thunberg and other climate activists, Charles said: “All these young people feel like nothing is happening, so of course they’re going to be frustrated. I totally understand because no one would listen and they see their future totally destroyed.
Charles, a longtime environmental activist, said it had taken “far too long” for the world to take the climate crisis seriously.
He added: “The point is, people should really notice how desperate so many young people are. ”
Charles went on to list several other green steps he had taken in recent years calling on governments to take action.
He said he switched Birkhall’s heating to biomass boilers, using wood chips from felled trees in the estate’s forest.
EXPLAINED: FEEDING A CAR WITH WINE AND CHEESE
In 2008, Prince Charles asked Aston Martin if it would be possible to convert his Aston Martin DB6 to run on a more environmentally friendly fuel source.
They turned to a company called Green Fuels, based in Gloucester, which began sourcing local produce and food by-products to make bioethanol.
The team created a new version of a long-standing fuel called E85, which is 85% bioethanol and 15% unleaded gasoline. The raw material of bioethanol is where wine and cheese come into play.
Green Fuels turned to a local vineyard and bought 8,000 liters of excess white wine – paying just 1 pence per liter for the glass unsold in 2008. They took it to their distillery and boiled the 11 % alcohol, condensed it and removed any remaining water. fluid.
This left them with hundreds of liters of pure ethanol, supplemented with alcohol extracted from fermented whey – this was collected as a by-product of local cheese making, respecting the local supply of raw materials.
They then returned the fuel to Aston Martin, who were able to adjust the vehicle to accept the fuel – the final version of which is mixed with gasoline.
Regarding the car, which Prince Charles had owned since the 1970s, he felt that if he wanted to keep it on the road, he had an “environmental and moral” obligation to modernize the engine so that it became less fuel-intensive. gasoline.
The final fuel, E85, is similar to the E10 gasoline currently deployed in UK forecourts, but instead of a majority gasoline (E10 is 10% ethanol, 90% gasoline), l ‘E85 is mainly composed of ethanol.
By mixing gasoline with ethanol, you need less fossil fuel, which reduces carbon emissions and allows the vehicle to run cleaner.
The prince also installed solar panels at Clarence House, his London residence, and on farm buildings in Highgrove.
There are also heat pumps on some of its properties and a hydroelectric turbine in the river that runs alongside Birkhall.
Although he expressed his sympathies to some climate protesters, he called the recent protests “unnecessary”.
He said: “I understand why they come out, but it’s not helpful, I don’t think I’m doing it in a way that alienates people.
“I totally understand the frustration. The difficulty is how to deal with this frustration in a way that is more constructive than destructive. ‘
He also criticized world leaders ahead of the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow, calling their efforts “just talking”.
He added: “The problem is trying to act on the ground, which I have been trying to do for 40 years. “
The prince added that the conference was “a last-ditch fair” and said it would be “a disaster” if the world did not come together to tackle climate change.
He said, “I mean it will be catastrophic. It is already starting to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress created by these extreme weather conditions.
When asked if the UK government, as host of Cop26, was doing enough to tackle climate change, Charles replied: ‘I can’t comment’.
He also expressed frustration that business leaders still do not prioritize environmental issues enough and said too few young people had ‘made it to the top’ to make a difference.
The Prince of Wales even targeted electric cars in his interview, warning that they are too expensive and sharing his concerns about their battery materials.
He said: “At the moment there is a huge amount of garbage, which is really worrying. “
Charles is due to attend a series of events at Cop26, alongside the Queen, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The 12-day summit aims to secure more ambitious commitments to limit global warming to well below 2 ° C with the aim of keeping it at 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels.
The conference was touted as crucial to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement which, when concluded in 2015, recognized that countries need to dramatically step up their actions to reduce greenhouse gases.
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He said he understands the frustrations of young people and climate activists because they feel “no one is listening”
His comments come after weeks of chaos caused by the blocking of highways and other busy roads across the country by Insulate Britain.
The group threatens a new wave of chaos if the government does not accept its demands.
He plans to cause more misery by blocking main roads again in a series of protests on Wednesday.
Campaigners will warn Boris Johnson he has ten days to commit to their home insulation ultimatum before “unleashing hell” on innocent drivers simply trying to get to work or see their loved ones.
Johnson plans to hit activists with huge fines and up to six months in prison with new powers dubbed “Asbos for crusties.”
But they are not discouraged and have pledged to “create a whirlwind” in their attempt to force the government to isolate all social housing by 2025.
They want to wreak as much chaos as possible ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow next month, with one leader saying it would be the ‘icing on the cake’ if the protesters were sent to prison on remand.
Protesters from the Extinction Rebellion branch have blocked major roads including the M25, M1 and M4 for the past three weeks, and three court injunctions have now been put in place, but protests have continued.
The initial injunction, granted to National Highways on September 21, banned protests on the M25 and was followed by a second approved on September 24 that limited protests around the port of Dover.
A third injunction was granted on Saturday, prohibiting them from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major A roads in and around London.
The Prime Minister said the protesters at Isulate Britain, who have blocked the south-eastern motorways in recent weeks, “have caused considerable damage to the economy”.