After two decades taking a leading role in shaping the tactics and concerns of the modern environmental movement, Tzeporah Berman came to Edmonton on November 18 and 19, 2014 to tell us about "This Crazy Time: Living our environmental challenge." Passionate, profound, inspiring and funny, Tzeporah Berman has been motivating people from all walks of life to get off the sidelines and fight the good fight—and win.
“This is a crazy time we are living in. For decades we have been burning our way through oil and coal and treating our atmosphere like an ashtray. Now, the economic implications, the impact on water and food, the human dislocation, all make climate change the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.”
About Tzeporah Berman
Tzeporah Berman (Twitter: @Tzeporah) has been designing and winning environmental campaigns for over twenty years. She is known for her work as the coordinator of one of the largest civil disobedience campaigns in Canadian history—the logging blockades in Clayoquot Sound, during which she was arrested and charged with 857 counts of criminal aiding and abetting. Tzeporah Berman was also one of the creators and lead negotiators of the successful campaign to protect British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Along with her work on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, she has contributed to the protection of over 40 million hectares of old growth forests.
More recently Tzeporah Berman helped to design Greenpeace International's Arctic campaign, the Volkswagen campaign in Europe and the Clean Our Cloud campaign that led to Apple and Facebook becoming international leaders in using renewable energy. She currently works as a strategic advisor for dozens of environmental organizations, First Nations and philanthropic advisors on clean energy, oilsands and pipelines. She is the former co-director of Greenpeace International's Global Climate and Energy Program as well as co-founder of ForestEthics.
About the organizers
This event is co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the City of Edmonton (through the Urban Planning and Environment Branch).
The Way We Green is Edmonton's award-winning environmental strategic plan. Watch video recordings of inspiring speakers going back to 2010 on The Way We Green Speaker Series website.
The Sustainability Speaker Series gives people the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas, promote understanding about the diversity of topics involved in sustainability and expand the dialogue on campus sustainability.
Tweet & Win
Four students won a VIP dinner with Tzeporah Berman for their tweets. They followed @GreenUofA and told us how they are ‘living our environmental challenge’ and what actions they are taking to be more sustainable.
Office of Sustainability