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The alternative vision of life put forward by most Green groups of a return to a more pastoral way of life is unattractive or unimaginable to the mainstream population, so there is also little motivation to ‘move towards’ it.

Something fundamental has to change.

In the same era that the opening rhyme was coined, an unknown monk wrote “When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”

Have a hard think about what you value in this world, for if you value it as it is now, you need to act to keep it that way. Reduce your own carbon emissions and tell your elected representatives at both a local and national level that you want the horseshoe nail replaced.

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