Prince Charles is a passionate campaigner for wildlife and environmental issues, and has taken to writing about the topic to raise awareness of climate change.
The Prince of Wales has written a Ladybird book on the issue, in cooperation with two other authors, having approached the publisher, Penguin, with the idea.
Rowland White, a publishing director with Penguin, which produces Ladybird books, told The Sunday Times that Prince Charles first approached the publisher with the idea in spring last year.
“It was a coincidence where we were thinking about a new series for adults after the huge success of the spoof books, but this time wanted some factual books by experts on science, history and arts subjects,” White said.
Simply entitled ‘Climate Change’, the 52-page book gives a ‘clear, simple and enlightening introduction to one of the most important issues facing our world today’.
The book’s cover features an illustrated scene from the devastating floods of 2000, based on a photograph of Uckfield, East Sussex, under water. The autumn of 2000 was the wettest on record.
Tony Juniper, a former Friends of the Earth director, and Emily Shuckburgh, a Cambridge University climate scientist, assisted in the process with Charles to create the 52-page book.
Juniper told the Mail on Sunday: “His Royal Highness, Emily and I had to work very hard to make sure that each word did its job, while at the same time working with the pictures to deliver the points we needed to make.
“I hope we’ve managed to paint a vivid picture, and like those iconic titles from the 60s and 70s, created a title that will stand the test of time.”
Charles previously co-authored a book with Mr Juniper and Ian Skelly called Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World. He also wrote a children’s book entitled The Old Man of Lochnagar.
The book has been peer-reviewed by the Royal Meteorological Society and other climate experts to ensure accuracy, and will be released on 26th January.