Tzeporah Berman
Tzeporah Berman, director of the environmental organization, says she is taking some time to join one of Rainforest Flying Squad’s blockades.
“There are moments in history when our government fails us. When we are called to stand up. This is one of those moments,” she said.
“I can’t believe that almost 30 years after massive protests in Clayoquot, we have to do this again — but now, there is so little old growth left standing and the government has so far broken its promise to protect what’s left.
“I am heading to the blockades in Caycuse and Fairy Creek, and I hope more British Columbians join us, or support from home.”
As one of the organizers of the Clayoquot Blockade in 1993, Tzeporah Berman was charged with criminally aiding and abetting violation of the injunction 857 times (the number of arrestees) and was briefly jailed. All the charges were dismissed, however.
The Clayoquot blockades still stand as the greatest act of nonviolent civil disobedience in Canadian history.
We are moved that the busy director of an organization, and chair of a treaty, is taking precious time to stand up for BC’s old-growth forests today.
We hope more people will be inspired to join her, and us. Time is short for the old-growth trees.
In 2020 Tzeporah Berman launched and chairs the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
From Wikipedia:In 2009, Berman served on British Columbia’s Green Energy Task Force. The task force, appointed by Premier Gordon Campbell, was charged with making recommendations on the development of renewable energy for the province. Berman was one of the experts in the environmental documentary The 11th Hour, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. She was named as one of six Canadian nominees for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship social entrepreneur of the year award, one of “50 Visionaries Changing the World” in Utne Reader and as “Canada’s Queen of Green” in a cover story by Readers Digest. She was included in the Royal British Columbia Museum permanent exhibit of “150 people who have changed the face of British Columbia.” In 2015 Berman served on the British Columbia Governments Climate Leadership Team and was appointed in 2016 to serve on the Alberta Governments Oil Sands Advisory Group as Co-Chair. Berman was listed of one of the 35 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by BC Business Magazine and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from University of British Columbia.

Berman is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, at York University in Toronto. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of British Columbia.