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An incident on Occupy London comment stream, set me thinking,...A young man was having a rant, raving about the older generation being idiots, mainly because of the environmental and economic situation they are inheriting from us. He was warned - a few times then banned. When I thought about it he was going about his complaints the wrong way but he was young and we are the mature adults - but he did have a point and perhaps it might have been diffused if he was listened to and we had admitted yes our generation have been guilty of sleep walking into this mess, but we are trying to rectify it now, join us. I have three mature adult children and many grandchildren quite a few at university now, and I care about their future, Decades ago I decided with regard to global warming and chemical and agricultural pollution to do all I could to reduce my emissions and change my ways, I gave up my car, decided to forgo the luxury of foreign holidays, put in solar heating, recycled, upcycled, changed to eco products, grew nearly all my own veg fruit and herbs in synergy with nature and not against her, the soil food web works very well without expensive imports of peat and chemicals which all cause pollution while being transported or in the ground. I let the soil function as it was intended to, no one fertilises or sprays woodland around the country like my garden it is a self sustaining system., I garden now without any imports and get very good results, I no longer dig but allow the soil foodweb to function as intended. I can look my grandchildren in the eye today and say I personally did my best to avoid the present precarious ecological and economic situation the world is suffering. Before you say, I don't have time fot that, I am 71, and a full time carer of a highly dependent parent, If I can do it you young ones can. What I am trying to say is the first change should be within ourselves, and that young man who was banned had a valid point our generation generally had been self indulgent and not considered future generations, it is so easy to blame others, if we change ourselves first the rest will fall into place far easier, yes it's time for urgent change, but let's look to ourselves also..