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Need to be green stronger now: Prince Charles

- January 6th, 2013

“I don’t want to be confronted by my future grandchild and (have) them say: ‘Why didn’t you do something?’ So clearly now that we will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious to try and make sure we leave them something that isn’t a total poisoned chalice.”

- Prince Charles in an interview with ITV to be aired Monday

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Prince Charles during a 2010 interview with NBC’s Brian Williams. (PHOTO: WENN.com)

Prince Charles has always been an advocate for environmental issues, but he says becoming a grandfather is forcing him to step up his game even more, the Telegraph reports.

In an interview with ITV, Charles says he’s “gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long-term in relation to the environmental damage, climate change and everything else.

“We don’t, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem.”

Earlier this month, he told the Oxford Farming Conference it was important to preserve farmland because the people who work the land and the communities surrounding them “make up a living, breathing countryside which is as precious as any ancient cathedral.”

In Monday’s interview, which launches the station’s You Can Be Heroes week, Charles also says he is constantly concerned for Prince Harry, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.

“If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in these incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time,” he said. ”Certainly every night I worry. But he (Prince Harry) loves doing what he’s doing and he’s brilliant at it.”