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GreenHero Tzeporah Berman was on The Current on CBC yesterday, speaking out against the rampant logging of Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Sound. You can listen to the half-hour program.

Tzeporah explains why preserving this ecosystem is important not just for the environment, but for our health and the economy. She also reflects on her early act of civil disobedience and her work with corporations to reduce their impact on the environment.

She recently published a memoir called This Crazy Time: Living our Environmental Challenge

You can visit the Indigo in the Manulife Centre in Toronto, Ontario September 20th at 7 pm for Tzeporah’s talk and book signing.

Here are the dates of Tzeporah’s book tour from her website.

You can also learn what she’s up to by following @Tzeporah on Twitter.

As Tzeporah Berman told George Strombolopolis on The Hour, Everyone remembers their moment, the one that thrust them into action, and set them on a path to realizing a goal and finding a solution to a cause they believe in.

For this GreenHero, it was a summer in University when she returned to a previously lush piece of B.C. forest that had been clear-cut. The green haven that she had enjoyed the summer prior rife with streams and wildlife was now a dusty plateau.

Tzeporah Berman at PowerUP! Canada Launch with Rick Smith, E.D., Environmental Defence and actor Aaron Douglas

In response, Tzeporah mobilized. She was responsible for orchestrating one of the largest displays of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Her 10,000-strong Clayoquot Sound protest in 1993 against a massive logging organization saw her arrested and charged with 850 counts of criminal aiding and abating for which she faced six years in jail.

After being acquitted of the charges, she decided to take a different tactic and moved from blockades to boardrooms. Instead of manpower, Tzeporah invoked the sway of hundreds of voices. She co-founded Forest Ethics and got her followers to call into the head offices of companies that used paper products sourced of B.C. logging. After being inundated by unhappy members of the public, the companies changed their practices. Presently, several large companies including Limited Brands, owner of Victoria’s Secret, and Home Depot work in conjunction with Tzeporah to pursue sustainable solutions and practices for their products and packaging.

These days, she shows no sign of slowing down. Tzeporah is currently Executive Director and of PowerUp Canada the company which she co-founded and works for Greenpeace International as Co-director of their Climate and Energy Program.

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