Tzeporah’s talk will explore the social policy implications of climate change and fossil fuel conflicts in Canada. In particular, the lecture will discuss the implications of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports for Canadian policy and explore what it will take to create a plan in Canada that aligns our policies and planning with global equity considerations, indigenous rights and the social policy implications of both mitigation and adaptation. Weaving stories from the frontlines of the pipeline campaigns, and her experiences meetings with the CEO’s of major oil companies and advising both the Alberta and BC governments on climate policy, Tzeporah will reflect on the pathway forward to a just and equitable approach to building resiliency and safety in Canada in the climate era.
About Tzeporah Berman
Tzeporah has been designing and winning campaigns in Canada and internationally for 25 years. She currently is International Program Director at Stand.earth, the Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Committee, and the Co-founder of the Global Gas & Oil Network. She is also an Adjunct Professor of York University Faculty of Environmental Studies. She is the former co-director of Greenpeace International’s Climate and Energy Program and Co-founder of ForestEthics. In 2016, Tzeporah was appointed by the Alberta Government to Co-Chair the Oil Sands Advisory Working Group tasked with making recommendations to implement climate change and cumulative impact policies and was listed as one of the 35 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by BC Business Magazine. In 2015, she was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in British Columbia. In 2019, Tzeporah received the Climate Breakthrough Project Award and in 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge www.tzeporahberman.com.