Picks and Pans Review: Prince Charles: the Earth in Balance
PBS (Wed., May 29, 9 P.M. ET)
The man who will be King wrote and narrates this program, billed as “a personal view of the environment.” Traveling to Hong Kong, Scotland, Indonesia and Florida, he paints a bleak picture of pollution’s impact and of the ineluctable result of unchecked industrial expansion. He also doesn’t shy away from thorny issues, such as how developed countries can reasonably ask the Third World not to plunder its most valuable possession: natural resources.
While humbly acknowledging that “I am, to say the least, no scientific expert,” he urges us to adopt a sustainable approach to our future, to examine “the role we humans have to play as stewards of the earth.”
Though the Prince has at times been portrayed as a bit dotty, he proves himself a thoughtful, provocative host.