OK, so here's my answer to the second of the five questions I promised I would answer.
Yet again it isn't going to be an easy or comfortable answer. Not an easy answer for me to formulate. And as you'll see it's not a comfortable answer for any of us; I'm as guilty as anyone. So ...
Question 2. If you had the opportunity to get one message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
Just one message? How big can that message be? Well anyway here's something like what I think I would say.
Stop fucking up the planet. Rebalance and restructure everything (see my previous thoughts). Treat the planet and it's inhabitants, collectively and individually, as you would wish it to treat you — gently, with kindness, respect and consideration.
In a way it is what the Dalai Lama would call compassion. Compassion: the sensitive and sustainable treatment of the planet and all its inhabitants, from the human species, through animals and plants to the oceans, the air we breathe and the rocks beneath our feet.
It doesn't say you can't dig coal, but to do it sensitively without despoiling the whole landscape.
It doesn't say you can't chop down a tree, but to do it sustainably: plant a replacement tree.
It doesn't mean you can never eat meat again, just eat less of it and grow food sustainably with grazing animals on more marginal land and arable using the best land.
It doesn't say you can't catch fish, but again do it so that you don't rape the seas until there are no viable fish remaining.
And it doesn't say you can't smelt iron, but you should do as much as you can to reduce the concomitant pollution.
Just think about what you're doing and the long-term implications.
Do as you would be done by.
That's all. But it is so hard!