Born in India, you became a Jain monk at nine years old, made an 8,000-mile (13,000km) peace pilgrimage at 26, and later settled in Devon, where you edited Resurgence magazine. Can you explain your intellectual journey from antinuclear campaigner to environmental activist?

I think we must be at peace with Nature. But the way we are destroying rainforests, the way we treat animals in factory farms, and the way we degrade the soil are acts of war. After walking around the world for two and a half years, I realised that peace between people and peace with Nature go together.

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