- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage Canada (19. Juni 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0307399796
- ISBN-13: 978-0307399793
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,5 x 2,4 x 21,9 cm
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This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 19. Juni 2012
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"Tzeporah Berman has risked life and liberty in what is ultimately the greatest cause: the future of this planet.... This Crazy Time takes us inside the war against those who are so recklessly and ruthlessly destroying the earth while most of us sleep."
—Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress
"Tzeporah Berman is a modern environmental hero, and this fascinating book shares her exciting history, and the even more exciting thinking that it's given rise to. If we get out of our ecological woes, she'll be a big reason."
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and founder of 350.org
"If you've ever uttered the word 'can't,' you need to pick up This Crazy Time.... You'll walk away with an honorary MBA in changing the world."
—Adria Vasil, author of the Ecoholic series
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
TZEPORAH BERMAN is a co-founder of ForestEthics and PowerUp Canada, and the former Greenpeace International Climate and Energy Co-Director. She has been designing and managing environmental campaigns for almost twenty years. She is known for her role in coordinating the largest civil disobedience in Canada’s history, the logging blockades in the rainforests of Clayoquot Sound in 1993, during which she was arrested and charged with 857 counts of criminal aiding and abetting. She is also known for her work in creating unlikely alliances with the logging industry and major paper and wood consumers that have resulted in the permanent protection of millions of acres of old-growth forests. She was one of the experts in Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary, The 11th Hour. The Royal BC Museum has included her in a permanent exhibition as one of the 150 people who have changed BC’s history. She has been lauded as “Canada’s Queen of Green” in a cover story in Reader’s Digest and was recognized by the Utne Reader as one of 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.
MARK LEIREN-YOUNG is the author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, winner of the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and The Green Chain—Nothing Is Ever Clear Cut. He wrote, directed and produced the award-winning feature film The Green Chain, and wrote and produced the EarthVision award–winning TV comedy special Greenpieces. His stage plays have been produced throughout Canada and the US and have also been seen in Europe and Australia. As a journalist he has written for such publications as TIME, Maclean’s and the Utne Reader. He’s half of the comedy duo Local Anxiety and has released two CDs—Greenpieces and Forgive Us We’re Canadian.
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Berman is a wonderful storyteller with a great eye for the telling detail, and the book is a page-turner, especially in the first half. Alternately witty, indignant and reflective, Berman emerges as a leader who has learned the art of being hard on issues and soft on people, holding her ground as a passionate advocate while holding those who disagree with respect. This book is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in policy-making from the perspective of an outsider; it is a must-read book for every activist who wants to make change and not just noise.
There is excellent insight into how to approach campaigns to get big corporations to move to ethical practices and so ensure that causes are effective.
This book should contribute to the discord in tackling GHG emissions in the effort for our civilization to cope with this unfolding catastrophe.
"This Crazy Time" is a direct and personal no-holds bar account, beginning with Vancouver Island's Clayoquet Sound Blockades of 1993--a tipping point in Canada's environmental movement. Berman was charged with 837 counts of adding and abetting, a formal entre perhaps for a path that is still blazing change today. After years of work on the part of many allied organizations and individuals, over 12 million acres of endangered Canadian rainforest are protected today.
"This Crazy Time" has value just a good read, but it is also equal parts Northwestern Coastal history and activist training guide, as Berman describes in detail the development of her chain-supply research, understanding power dynamics and methodical goal setting. An effective negotiator who sometimes upsets folks on both sides of the fence, Tzeporah frankly states, "If you're going to campaign, and protest, and blockade, and do direct actions, you have to be willing to talk to all the players and work out solutions. Otherwise that's not campaigning, it's just complaining."
It is a good ride, from the shores of Clayoquet Sound to the Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere of Leonardo Di Caprio's environmental documentary "11th Hour", which included Tzeporah as an expert, on to board rooms of some of the largest lumber companies in North America and to disappointing Copenhagen 2010.
Berman also reports on her direct experience at the Bali Climate Talks, where Canada was voted as the country doing the most to hurt the potential for progress in fighting climate change. Impassioned and practical Berman reminds readers "We need to remember that a problem without a solution is a tragedy. A problem with a solution that is not being implemented is not a tragedy, it's a scandal."
Someday will we reflect `on this crazy time' before we came to terms with creating a global economy which is not based on resource depletion? This vision seems part wistfulness and part hope, but all heart.
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