chapter  6
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The alternative movement covers a broad spectrum of political, social and economic activity, and reflects the whole range of themes and concepts which arise within the Green Movement. This is hardly surprising since all the various strands of the Green Movement were, to a greater or lesser degree, seeking to pro­ vide an alternative to the prevailing order. For instance the women!s movement played a significant role in creating alternative communities and life­ styles; the Citizens1 Initiatives which opposed the nuclear energy programme often based their activities on alternative concepts to industrial society; the various Green Parties formulated an alternative poli­ tical programme; and the squatters’ movement and youth protest throughout 1981 had, as a significant point of reference, the previous efforts of alterna­ tive groups to invent and experiment with new life­ styles .