Our modern way of life has been unsustainable for decades. No financial accountant would use capital in the reckless manner we have shown with regard to our ecological capital.

The Realistic Optimist

The realistic optimist will see
That we are heading for catastrophe
But he’ll draw the line at deep despair
So long as we begin to be aware

We know our ecological debt is high
Fuelled by every new thing that we buy
We know this is how we need to measure
The true cost of our luxury and leisure

This knowledge will help us to make a start
To find a new way and to give us heart
First realism, so we know the score
Then optimism, so we can do more!

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