This Crazy Time

Living Our Environmental Challenge

Publisher: Vintage Canada

Passionate, profound and funny, Berman is inspiring people from all walks of life to get off the sidelines and fight the good fight--and win. This unique book--part manifesto from a leader, part humorous activist memoir from a soccer mom--offers a wryly honest, behind-the-scenes, ultimately uplifting look at the state of the planet. For almost 20 years, Tzeporah Berman has been one of our most influential environmentalists. A founder of ForestEthics and PowerUp Canada, she was instrumental in shaping the tactics and concerns of the modern environmental movement.

In her early 20s she faced nearly one thousand criminal charges and 6 years in prison for her role organizing blockades in Canada's rainforest. She later transformed her tactics and sat down with CEOs and political leaders to reshape their policies and practices. In her new role at Greenpeace International she is fighting the problem of our time: climate change. This Crazy Time is an impassioned plea for a better world.


First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.
—Mahatma Gandhi, paraphrasing labour organizer Nicolas Klein’s speech to garment manufacturers, 1918
“CAN YOU COME HOME SOON?” my son asks as we sit talking into our computers on different sides...
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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

"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