Eco Hero: Tracy Worcester
Richard Lemmer | 27.06.12 – Link to original blog post
For Tracy Worcester, film maker and environmental campaigner, letting an issue drop has never been an option. Pig Business – her film expose that showed the poor animal welfare of pigs kept by large corporations and the huge consequences for human health – has been praised by Zac Goldsmith and US Senator Robert Kennedy Jr. Tracy is a rebel with a cause – she has never let go of the issue and she campaigns tirelessly to raise awareness about the workings of the pig industry. Tracy has also been a patron for the Soil Association and was on the advisory board for The Ecologist magazine.
How would you describe yourself?
What is your mission?
My mission is to expose, through film, how humanity is increasingly beholden to a few excessively powerful corporate leaders who need us to produce and consume to keep their profits and power growing. They employ a propaganda machine to convince us that we are inadequate unless we consume more at ever cheaper prices. As a result, we are all spiritually poorer and economically indebted, unwittingly polluting our planet, torturing livestock and stealing resources from distant communities.
What do you care passionately about?
I care about justice, sustainability and beauty, both in nature and in mans ability to enhance it.
Why is the green/ecological movement so important?
Green is a modern philosophy to help guide the industrial world to respect the limits to growth. It is important to understand that industrial agriculture is still in it’s infancy and can be reversed, by respecting the small scale farmers that still feed 70% of humanity. However, the grab for their land has never been greater, as financial speculators, looking for new markets, ‘invest’ in land to grow bio fuels for our cars, lorries and aeroplanes, grow animal feed and human food for distant markets and, with no land to grow food for thier families, a ‘cheap’ migrant labour force is created to serve this industrial system.
What is the next big challenge?
Though there is much written in the press about the breakdown of the economy, the nature of society and the environment, they are still not looking at the root cause, namely the flawed growth economy. In the name of free trade, protectionist barriers are dismantled and tax payer subsidies are given to help corporations comb the globe for good investments, ie. to go where labour is cheapest, environmental laws are laxest, and standards at work lowest. This downward spiral of deprivation and environmental destruction is the inevitable consequence of so called ‘competition’ and so economists, not least via development banks, promote its expansion. Deformation laws protect corporations from the public eye, and the media is largely owned and run by the 1% club of wealthy. Their stooges in government believe that technology, controlled and owned by big business, will miraculously save us.
What is the role of government – are they doing enough?.
Who ever pays the piper calls the tune. So until elections are funded by the public purse, the corporations and banks will continue to pay for political campaigns and dictate the rules via their stooges in government.
What would you like to achieve in your lifetime?
I am part of an increasing number of people who work to expose the truth and promote a shift from global to local trade and banking.
What top three green/sustainable principles do you live by?
The Green way of life is still marginalised so my philosophy is often compromised but i believe in justice, beauty in nature’s diversity, shapes and limits and decentralised human scale ecological sustainability.
What one thing do you wish everyone would do?
Buy chemical free food from local farmers.
What one message/philosophy would you like to pass on to your children?
That living within the limits of nature is fulfilling, healthy and sustainable.
How long have we got to save the planet or to change how we live?
Presently we are shifting chairs on the titanic and the ship is still heading for the iceberg. This corporate led industrial system will continue to destroy everything we value until it becomes impossible to rebuild the soil structure, clean the water and purify the air to sustain human life. The solution is mass awareness and revolutionary change by refusing to buy from corporations. Otherwise we will have systems collapse and the cruel chaos that will inevitably follow.
Who is YOUR Eco Hero and why?
Despite mud flinging from the corporate psychopaths in the media, Prince Charles has very clear principals of justice and sustainability. The public realise that there is a genuine leader in the midst of dishonest politicians, bankers, media moguls and corporate leaders.