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11th Hour as a Tool

August 13, 2007

When Nadia, Leo, and I made “The 11th Hour,” we hoped it would give attention to people, issues, and ideas that the mainstream media had ignored for decades. We hoped, the people in the film could use it to advance the causes so many of them have courageously and stubbornly championed for decades.

It’s why I’m so happy in the last few days with how Tzeporah Berman has used the film to bring attention to the destruction of Canada’s forest. People don’t realize that Canada’s ancient forests are important life systems not just for Canada, but for the planet, and we’re cutting them down for junk mail.

So take a look here at the initial press release Tzeporah put out. The paper industry issued a reply the following day, and Forest Ethics has recevied a lot of press attention, here’s an example and some other highlights:

“Logging in Canada alone contributes as much greenhouse-gas emissions every year as all the cars in California,” she said.

Intact forests are carbon storehouses. When logged they release carbon emissions into the air as they degrade, she said.

B.C. forests, where some of the world’s largest and tallest trees grow, hold more carbon per hectare than any other ecosystem on earth, said Berman, a leading figure in the 1993 Clayoquot Sound protests and co-founder of ForestEthics, an environmental group focused on forest protection.”

Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com

from Leila Conners Peterson

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Diane Wilson

August 13, 2007

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When I did my first hunger strike on a shrimp boat in Texas in l991, a savvy, environmentalist friend said it was the stupidest thing he had ever heard of. Nobody did hunger strikes in Texas. Maybe in California or India, but certainly not Texas. Another thing, he said, an activist never does what her community isn’t ready for. And my little Gulf coast fishing community was not ready for what I was fixing to pull. Still I sat on a Gulf shrimp boat in Lavaca Bay—two strikes against me– until a local shrimper threatened to threw me overboard if I didn’t get off his dang boat.

I had never done a hunger strike before. I was a woman shrimp boat captain. What the heck did I know of civil disobedience? I grew up in the ’60’s, alright, but I wasn’t a flower child. In the 60’s I was a solitary teen who loved the hot Texas bays and spent half my time sitting in the tide. No wonder I loved shrimping. But there comes a time, as it does in most people’s life’s, when the home needs protecting and the line needs drawing, and anybody who doesn’t act, acts at their own peril. It, also, just so happened, that the orthodox route (working inside the box) wasn’t working any more—surprise surprise– and seemed to be taking us where we seem to be headed. In that instance in l991 in Texas, where our small Texas coastal county was headed was a gigantic petrochemical take over by Formosa Plastics, a notorious polyvinyl chloride polluter that had been kicked out of its home base in Taiwan. Now Formosa was coming to Texas. Or Louisiana. Whichever state treated them the best. And Texas was treating them plenty good. So my hunger strike was a desperate, last ditch attempt to save my home bay.

A hunger strike comes from a different place than the head. It comes from the heart. It isn’t a coincidence that all, or most all, of Gandhi’s hunger strikes were decided suddenly. The planning might have taken some time, but the decision to do it came sudden, spontaneously. Gandhi actually counseled some people not to do a hunger strike and it wasn’t because he thought their bodies couldn’t take it or that they were already too skinny, it was because Gandhi, spiritually man that he was, knew that a hunger strike is all about an inner arena. Gandhi called it ‘soul power.’ I didn’t call it nothing back in 199l— but intuitively (knowing as how I knew myself) I knew that if I thought long and hard about that decision on the hunger strike, a rational cold blooded dancer would take a knife to everything I loved and held dear. And what I loved was the bay and the marshes and the birds that flew over and the fish that swim under that water.

So while I had no resources–things like money and people and media support– I did have myself and a belief in a living breathing bay and so I committed myself to a hunger strike that nobody believed in. That first hunger strike succeeded beyond my wildest hopes. Good enough that folk’s figured a bold man must be behind me somewhere.

Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com

by Diane Wilson

11th Hour Review – Grist

August 13, 2007

The environmental webzine Grist has a good review of the 11th Hour. 

If this film gains popular exposure and acceptance, the impetuous to change our society will never be stronger. I’ve been in the streets on this fundamental issue for many years, this may be the thing that brings the soccer moms and senior citizens out there with the us 20-somethings too.

Speaking with Nadia, she philosophized that real change may not happen until this is seen as a human rights movement. Comparing this movement with the civil rights movement, and the amount of social unrest and cohesion which propelled that through the laggard politicians of the day.

This movie is transideological, caring about the quality of life for the future of humanity should never be wrapped up transient and petty politics, religion, or business. When sustainability is not built into these institutions, they do not exist for long on this earth.

Well, perhaps your reading of this review shows someone a little over-enthused on the subject. I contend that watching this movie will give you exactly this empowered sense. As Bill McDonough says we get to imagine what it means to “re-design design itself.” This is really the context of the movie, the path that humanity must walk if our culture is to survive.

 Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com/blog

from Joe Costello

Leading Man Leads a ‘Green Revolution’

August 12, 2007

Top Story on Nightline:

 

” Leonardo DiCaprio says it was years ago when then-Vice President Al Gore took the time to explain to him the phenomenon of global warming and what it means for Earth.

 

“I was terrified, “DiCaprio said. “I think I was terrified, like anyone would be. And I didn’t quite understand the connection that we had as human beings and the fact that we could literally alter our climate in that way.”

 

Now the 32-year-old actor, whose career skyrocketed even as the on-screen Titanic sunk, is a passionate advocate for the environment and saving the planet. His documentary “The 11th Hour,” set for release this week, presents an argument that says, in a nutshell, “Time is running out. You need to listen and believe it.”

 

See the rest of the story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=3466584&page=1

ForestEthics & the 11th Hour bring out the Stars

August 11, 2007

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ForestEthics makes a true Hollywood story. 11thhouraction.com joined Forestethics.org at their private screening of the 11th HOUR film last night in Hollywood at Harmony Gold Theatre with after party at Cisco Home. Tzeporah Berman one of the experts in film, Co Founder of ForestEthics was met by some of Hollywood’s finest- Sharon Lawrence, Adrian Grenier, Paris Hilton, Vanessa Williams, Elise Neal amongst others. John Picard Environmental Designer gave opening remarks, as well as Kenny Ausubel from Bioneers and a real tear jerker welcoming by Tzeporah herself.

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After the film a panel discussion of experts was led by Gliving’s Boise opening remarks by Nancy Sutley ­LA Deputy Mayor of Energy and Environment. Panelists included; Tzeporah Berman ForestEthics, Nina Simons- Bioneers & Sarah Laimon -greenambassadors.org, youth empowering youth.
Immediately after all went to gather at Cisco Home to enjoy festivities, light fare & beverages. Art by epOxybOx, Special Aerial Performance by TROUPE, Beats provided by NATURAL HIGH with evening Sponsored by: metromix.com, Cisco Home, Zaadz.com, Bioneers, GLiving.tv & KJM Reality.
For more info log onto forestethics.org
Courtesy of Nicole Landers

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Tree Media Interns Continue Taking Action!

August 11, 2007

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Tree Media interns Dana Helwick, Alisa Ahmadian, Lotta Andonian, Caroline Murray and Madelyn Rothstein (pictured above at the 11th Hour premiere) will be taking all of their friends and family to see The 11th Hour in theaters for the opening weekend in Los Angeles on August 17th, and they plan on arriving by bike, by bus and/or by carpool in an effort to continue to take action in their daily lives! (Go Bruins)