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How King Charles III promotes sustainability, voluntary, social work on Christmas?
King Charles III has seized the opportunity of the Christmas to further promote for the importance of environmental, social and voluntary work, especially on the back of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) where he underlined that “Change will come by working together and making it easier to embrace decisions that will sustain our world, rather than carry on as though there are no limits – or as though our actions have no consequences.”
During COP28, he said trillions of dollars will be needed to drive the transformation across all facets of society required to tackle the climate crisis and that public finance alone “will never be sufficient”.
“In 2050 our grandchildren won’t be asking what we said, they will be living with the consequences of what we did or did not do,” he said.
Therefore, the king recorded his Christmas speech this year in Buckingham Palace in front of a living Christmas tree – potted with its roots intact – with eco-friendly decorations crafted from plants or made from recyclable material, including hand-turned wooden bells, dried sliced oranges, blown glass baubles and pine cones.
According to the Daily Mail, the Christmas tree will be given to a charity for replanting after the Christmas.
Moreover, the paper highlighted that the King also appears to be recycling his suit – he was pictured in the same blue single-breasted design he wore for last year’s Christmas message. He has previously emphasized the importance of re-wearing clothes, saying ‘people throw so much away when they could easily mend’.
Earlier this month, the King visited Ealing Broadway Christmas Market, where he met local business owners and spoke to recipients of The King’s Award for Voluntary Service, formerly The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), which is the highest award given to local voluntary groups in the UK.
For the eighth year running, the Christmas Market has returned to the town square, offering a host of handmade gifts, crafts, and decorations. A dedicated Community Hut at the market is also welcoming 15 local charities and community groups.
The local community has been donating to Ealing Broadway’s partner charities: Ealing Food Bank and the Young Ealing Foundation. Additionally, 907 coats have been donated to vulnerable Londoners thanks to the Winter Coat campaign.