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This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge Paperback – June 19, 2012
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—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
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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Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.