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that's all well and good

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we have a responsibility to preserve nature for them

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letting loose on the greenfield cites

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possibly leaving my children, my grandchildren with a world of concrete

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as human beings we have wonderful sets of systematic biases in how we see the world.

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most of us travel from one built-up area to another.

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And so we think, in England, that most of it's built up.

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Now if I asked most people what percentage of England

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just England, not Scotland or Wales - just England

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that tends to be the place that people focus on as most built-up.

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266481

What percentage is actually built-up?

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The answer might be 20% or 50%

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266496

it's actually less than that

266497

that includes all the parks, and all the gardens, and all the rivers and canals, and it turns out that actually three percent is concreted over.

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266501

it actually turns out to be 11%

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can we extend that by a percent?

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What are we giving up for that?

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we have to ask ourselves that question

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what are we doing for nature in that regard?

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But if that also means that the lives of not just our generation of people under thirty-five, but every other corresponding generation after this is going to be much lower than even their parents ... then that's a terrible incitement of both us as a society,

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If we're going to be a sort of declining society, we aren't going to be able to fix the sort of problems, the environmental problems that we need to do.

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now we know more than ever about kind of the environmental situations that we ourselves are creating.

266559

Surely there's an argument for saying that my generation should be the first generation to say "you know what? I'm going to settle for less. I'm going to appreciate the damage that development has done to our kind of environment"

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Surely we should be the ones to take that moral stand.

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266581

That argument leads you in two directions.

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One is, look, we should not just settle for less, but we basically go back to being purely environmental being.

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266583

go! Great! Be a hunter-gatherer, right?

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Cos that's the least environmentally-destructive position that you can take.

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So we've got to find a middle ground.

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we surely have a responsibility to the generations that come after Maddie Groeger-Wilson

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