BERMAN , Tzeporah




Author Tags: Environment

The Royal BC Museum has included environmental activist Tzeporah Berman in a permanent exhibition as one of the 150 people who have changed British Columbia’s history. As the founder of ForestEthics and PowerUp Canada, she has co-written her memoir, This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge (Knopf Canada 2011), with Mark Leiren-Young, to recalls her self-educational journey from its beginning during a trip to Europe to her present position as a co-director of the climate and energy program at Greenpeace International. In the early 1990s, Berman joined the protests to save the endangered rainforests of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. For her role in organizing blockades on logging roads—then the largest act of civil disobedience in Canada’s history—she faced nearly one thousand criminal charges and six years in prison. Later, with ForestEthics she took on Victoria’s Secret with a well-publicized photo of a chainsaw-wielding lingerie model, pressuring the catalogue manufacturer to stop using paper made from old-growth forests. Berman has negotiated with CEOs and political leaders to help reshape policies and practices,confronting the wood- and paper-purchasing practices of some of the largest corporations in the world. At the Bali climate conference, her eyes were opened to the key challenge of our age: climate change. Devastated by the lack of progress at the Copenhagen climate conference, she co-founded PowerUp Canada and then joined Greenpeace International. She was once described as “Canada’s Queen of Green” in a Reader’s Digest cover story and the Utne Reader recognized her as one of 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.

www.tzeporahberman.com

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge

BOOKS:

This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge (Knopf Canada 2011). With Mark Leiren-Young. 978-0-30739978-6 $32.00

This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge (Knopf $32)
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Tzeporah Berman once chained herself to a log barge in Vancouver harbour to protest exportation of raw logs and was the first person to carry the Olympic torch via an electric vehicle.

As the founder of forestethics and PowerUp Canada, Tzeporah Berman has co-written her memoir, This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge (Knopf $32), with Mark Leiren-Young, to recall her self-educational journey from its beginning during a trip to Europe to her present position as a co-director of the climate and energy program at Greenpeace International.
In the early 1990s, Berman joined the protests to save the endangered rainforests of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island as part of the largest act of civil disobedience in Canada’s history—facing criminal charges to do so.

Later, with ForestEthics, she took on Victoria’s Secret with a well-publicized photo of a chainsaw-wielding lingerie model, pressuring the catalogue manufacturer to stop using paper made from old-growth forests. Berman has negotiated with CEOs and political leaders to help reshape policies and practices, while confronting the wood and paper-purchasing practices of some of the largest corporations in the world.

At the Bali climate conference, her eyes were opened to the key challenge of our age: climate change. Devastated by the lack of progress at the Copenhagen climate conference, she co-founded PowerUp Canada and then joined Greenpeace International.
She was once described as “Canada’s Queen of Green” in a Reader’s Digest cover story and the Utne Reader recognized her as one of 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.

A month into her job at Greenpeace International, the cap blew off the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, spewing up to 100,000 barrels of oil into the ocean daily. Never a dull moment.

“If you’re going to campaign, and protest, and blockade, and do direct actions,” she says, “you have to be willing to talk to all the players and work out solutions. Otherwise, that’s not campaigning, it’s just complaining.”
978-0-30739978-6

[BCBW 2011]