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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

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307399796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307399793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,850,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill McKibben describes Tzeporah Berman as `a modern environmental hero.' I like to think of her as a radical pragmatist. "This Crazy Time" is an autobiographical memoir of an effective eco-campaigner who has spent the past 18 years evolving from a student practicing civil disobedience to a key negotiator, leveraging vital policies and agreements with global corporations, government and environmental allies. Berman has been recognized by Utne Reader as one of 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World. This spring she assumed Greenpeace International's co-head of the climate and energy campaign.

"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.
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This is a must read book. My book of the year so far... She is a writer who is able to pull you in to her story and paints a romantic view of how the environmental movement developed around her from her perspective.
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.
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This is a great inspiration with practical insights for everyone who wants to make a difference. Especially helpful for environmental campaigners
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J'admire sa combativité.
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