At a party in Vancouver a few months ago celebrating ForestEthics’ victory in convincing the BC government to preserve 2.2 million hectares of habitat for the world’s only mountain caribou
the key players in the group were introduced to the audience and applauded. Everyone else was identified by their official title. Berman was introduced as, “our rock star.”
A former star with Greenpeace and one of the founders of ForestEthics, the woman BC Premier Glen Clark once called an “enemy of the state” has
been on the frontlines of the Canadian environmental movement for over a decade. But in 2007 she became… a rock star… achieving Suzukisquestatus when she was chosen as one of the featured players (along with Dr. David) in Hollywood’s cinematic plea to save the planet, The 11th Hour, and scored an official audience with the media icon of our age, Paris Hilton. She
ended her amazing year facing off against Canada’s Minister of the
Environment, John Baird, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali.
Mark Leiren-Young (The Green Chain) met Berman at the ForestEthics office in downtown Vancouver not long before she left to Bali. Here’s part one of
a special two part podcast about spinning celebrity, Berman’s biggest
battles, sticky fights in the tar sands and how we’ll always have Paris.