Green.Org spoke with sustainable business director, Marc Carey about his vision for the future of the music industry and how we can lead the way to a more sustainable society.
Hi Marc, thanks so much for joining us today, can you tell us a bit about your background?
I’m a music lover first and foremost. From a young age, I had a very keen interest in all things related to music – however, this love did not extend to my talents as a musician and I took the secondary route as a DJ. Whilst DJ’ing really quenched my thirst for musical enjoyment it did not really pay the bills. I therefore embarked on a secondary (parallel) career path into construction and the built environment. As an early participant in the ‘green’ movement I wanted to combine my work with actions that could balance my ethical outlook and this led to the wonderous mixture of businesses that I now lead. Our most recent endeavor with Evolution Music has seen the creation of the World’s first Bioplastic Vinyl – a truly ground-breaking product.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I used to write and perform comedy – working on TV, radio and theatre. Great fun, but extremely hard work!
Why do you think climate change and sustainability is such an important topic today?
We’ve been discussing these issues for years – in fact, I’ve been involved in the discussion for 25 years+. It’s always been important. To answer your question specifically – this topic is now more a matter of survival and agreement on the nature of survival. The time for discussion has passed, we had the opportunity to really make a difference when it mattered and now that opportunity has faded. It is time for action. If we don’t deal with this as the top priority then all other topics become mute – as our friends at Music Declares Emergency have said “There’s no music on a dead planet”.
What do you envision your industry looking like 10 years from now?
I think we are at a crossroads. IF the corporations, governments and existing organisations continue their current path of potential destruction, then I suspect the industry will be a sea of ‘greenwash’. However, if the true disruptors, emerging talents and autonomous innovators are free to create, develop and implement changes then this industry will be at the forefront of business. Delivering practical, authentic and successful solutions that lead the way to a more sustainable, just and acceptable society.
What can the average person do to make a difference?
In simple terms – Consume less, care more. in a broader sense – consider meat free options, explore the supply chains of their consumption, educate themselves in matters relating to the ‘real’ issues of our time and, most importantly, hold those individuals, businesses and government parties that continue to profit from unsustainable practices to account.
Thanks for chatting to us today Marc. It’s great to get your insight into the future of your industry and how we can lead the way to becoming more sustainable.
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