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The Prince of Wales speaks about not eating meat and driving a cheese powered car


The Prince of Wales has revealed he’s stopped eating meat and fish at certain times as part of his ongoing efforts on climate change.

Speaking to the BBC, Prince Charles said he has two meat and fish free days a week now as well as a day with no dairy to try and shrink his own contribution to creating emissions. He added ”If more people did that it would reduce a lot of the pressure on the environment.”

Challenged on whether his carbon footprint was still large, the Prince also admitted his love of cars presented a challenge that he has overcome by converting his beloved Aston Martin to run on fuel produced from surplus English white wine and whey from cheese. Both are converted into bioethanol which makes up 85% of the fuel going into the car – the rest is standard unleaded petrol.

He also discussed his work to make the royal residences more environmentally friendly, adding that he had put in biomass boilers at his home in Scotland which run on woodchips. He also outlined his ongoing work to install solar panels at homes including Clarence House and Highgrove.

The interview also saw Charles express his understanding at the frustration that climate change protesters such as Extinction Rebellion feel but said it had to be expressed constructively.

The full interview with Climate Editor, Justin Rowlatt, was filmed at Birkhall in Scotland and is available on the BBC.

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