When Tzeporah Berman arrived in B.C. in the early ’90s, it was with the idea of getting to know more about the forests by volunteering. She knew no one here, had only $200 in her wallet and had never been to Clayoquot Sound.
Within a short time, she was one of the leaders of the largest act of civil disobedience in Canada’s history, when about 10,000 people showed up to protest logging in Canada’s rainforest.
Berman’s new book, This Crazy Time, tells her story — from the 1993 logging blockades through to her work with ForestEthics. There, she once took on lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret, using a photo of a chainsaw-wielding lingerie model to persuade the company to stop using paper made from old-growth forests in their catalogues.