Canadian Tzeporah Berman of receives global Climate Breakthrough Project award

September 4, 2019

$2 million award includes expert resources to develop new climate campaign strategies

UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY (VANCOUVER, BC) — Well-known Canadian environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, BA, MES, LLD, is the latest recipient of the global Climate Breakthrough Project award that includes $2 million (USD) in funding and expert resources to develop new climate campaign strategies that will help make a globally significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions over the next 5-10 years.

The Climate Breakthrough Project selected Berman, the International Program Director at, for a 2019 award “because she exemplifies a campaigner with the capacity to be bold and visionary while also staying committed to getting real-world results and finding opportunities to negotiate lasting victories.” 

“I am honored to receive this award at this critical moment in history. This summer’s fires in the Amazon and the Arctic are a wake-up call for all of us — and yet even wealthy countries such as my own continue to expand oil and gas production,” said Berman. “If your house is on fire, you don’t add more fuel. We need new global strategies to stop the expansion of the oil and gas industry and build a safer future.” 

Each year, the Climate Breakthrough Project provides one to three outstanding individuals with large, multi-year, unrestricted awards to help empower promising leaders with powerful, high-risk, high-reward innovations in the climate space. The Climate Breakthrough Project funds extraordinary individuals developing innovative strategies in social, behavioral, economic, and policy change that will make a globally significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions over the next 5-10 years. In addition to funding, the Climate Breakthrough Project provide additional access to expert resources and assistance to help awardees scale their work.

Berman has a long record of creating, leading, and winning major environmental campaigns and negotiating significant government and corporate policy victories. She one of the creators and lead negotiators of the Great Bear Rainforest agreement, where her work helped protect 6 million hectares of old-growth forests. She co-founded (previously known as ForestEthics), where she currently helps lead many corporate campaigns, including against the cruise industry, the fashion industry, the toilet paper and tissue sector, and oil and gas industry expansion projects in Canada and the West Coast of the U.S. She was the co-director of Greenpeace International’s Global Climate and Energy program, where she led the creation of the Arctic campaign and a successful “Unfriend Coal” campaign to get Facebook, Apple, and others to switch from coal to renewable energy for their data centers and to become an advocate for clean energy in the technology sector. Berman is also an Adjunct Professor of the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, the recipient of an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of British Columbia, was appointed to the BC Government Climate Leadership Team, and co-chaired Alberta’s Oilsands Advisory Working Group.

With Climate Breakthrough Project funding, Berman will develop a strategic approach to limiting new oil and gas development globally to align with U.N. Paris Agreement goals for a safe climate. Her vision includes national and sub-national policy campaigns, corporate purchasing policy commitments, and public narrative and movement building components. Her goal is to engineer a large reduction in new oil and gas development that will ensure huge amounts of carbon stay uncombusted and out of the atmosphere. 

“Tzeporah’s work on fossil fuel supply reduction is a powerful and promising approach that can and should be paired with demand-side advocacy in order to minimize global fossil fuel production and consumption as quickly as possible,” says a statement on the Climate Breakthrough Project website. “We are excited to help a leader like Tzeporah get the time and resources she needs to develop a bold global strategy with huge potential to reduce emissions on a historic scale. We anticipate the launch of her first programs by early 2020. She will be housing her project within and working with numerous grassroots, policy, government, and corporate partners.”

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