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Betty Krawczyk!

Posted on Aug 19, 2012


Betty Krawczyk is a petite, silver-haired great-grandmother of 84 who may just represent the future of the environmental movement.

She's a jailbird.

As many of the interviews in this series point out, our world is now run by what David Korten calls  "an alliance between the world's largest corporations and most powerful governments … backed by the power of money to integrate the world's national economies into a single, borderless global economy." Governments have become the agents of trans-national corporations and are really not answerable to the citizens any more.

What this means, in fact, is that the traditional methods that citizens have used to influence governments don't work any more. Petitions, demonstrations, letter-writing campaigns and so on – even our votes — none of those have much effect when governments are listening to corporations rather than to citizens.

We haven't begun to grasp the way this shift has changed our political lives – but Betty Krawczyk has figured it out. 

In my research for Salmon Wars, the documentary about finfish aquaculture recently released by The Green interview, I talked to a businessman who said, "Nothing's going to happen till people put their bodies on the line. You want to stop salmon farms? Block the road to the fish farm with a semi-trailer. Put a circle of boats around the farm and stop them from feeding the fish. Get arrested. Go to jail. Then you'll get change. But your letters and petitions – forget it. Doesn't matter. Doesn't work."

Enter Betty Krawczyk, who has gained international attention for having been arrested on eight occasions and serving more than three years in prison – starting in her seventies — for refusing to budge on her ecofeminist principles, or to acknowledge wrongdoing. She says she is merely standing up for the rights of nature.

In a world run by an unholy alliance between corporations and governments, Betty Krawczyk is a fabulous example and an inspiration. At an age when many people have given up even attempting to understand this amazing new world, Betty is still fighting, blogging, protesting and speaking truth to power. We're proud to present her as our most recent Green Interview.

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