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Environmental award for Prince Charles

Charles was honoured with the Global Environmental Citizen Award, given by Harvard Medical School.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 14:43 IST

Britain's Crown Prince Charles, on a whirlwind US tour with his wife Camilla, received an award here for his work on environmental policies.

Prince Charles received the Global Environmental Citizen Award, given by Harvard Medical School, Sunday evening from last year's winner, former US vice president Al Gore.

The prince, who was "touched" at being honoured, especially by Gore, said the campaign to curb damage done to the planet "had taken on greater urgency".

"Every passing year has seen further evidence emerge of the damage we are doing to this poor old planet, the only one we've got so far that sustains life in such a miraculous and well-ordered way," the prince said.

Earlier, the royal couple attended a play performed at a children's centre here.

At Children's Zone, a centre for disadvantaged youth in the city's Harlem district, a predominantly minority neighbourhood, the royal couple watched a performance by children, broadcaster NY1 News reported.

Charles also shot basketballs with some Harlem residents.

The royal couple flew Saturday to nearby Philadelphia, where they visited historical and cultural sites and met with students before continuing by train to New York.

To save energy and reduce pollution emissions from their travels, Charles and Camilla flew to the US by regular airline flight rather than private jet. Their brief US tour is focused on youth, urban renewal and environmental issues.

First Published: Jan 29, 2007 14:43 IST