A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment Annual Conference 2011
3rd February 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I’m so glad to have this brief opportunity to join you all this morning and I’m only sorry I’ve missed, probably the most interesting bits at the beginning.
I’m enormously grateful to George Clarke for having invigilated this session so brilliantly and having brought out, I think, so many fascinating points. It was riveting to hear the comments from those who have had experience of the system as it were and of trying the Foundation’s approach. But what I don’t think people always realise is just what an effort it’s always been for a long time to reach this point as far as establishing this Foundation is concerned.
What I can never get over is, I don’t think people understand how much you have to invest in training and educating people to be able to understand how to deliver the kind of process you’ve all been talking about. It doesn’t just happen by chance or by accident. People talk glibly all the time about sustainable this and sustainable that. Half the time I actually think it means business as usual with a few sustainable bits on, which might just satisfy a few people around the bazaars. Well actually it requires an awful lot of effort and an awful lot of application and an awful lot of study to achieve the kind of holistic integrated understanding of how you look at the environment, the natural environment as well as the human environment.