Public and Members Respond to Greenpeace’s Hiring
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Greenpeace is an organization for which I have great respect, for they are
uncompromisingly standing up for that which does not have a voice; the
environment. Tzeporah Berman, however, does not represent this. At best,
she represents what cannot happen to this organization; becoming a
corporate pet. At worst, she represents an infiltration of the
organization by the corporations. Do not fall to the Corporate strategy of
the high-placed making decisions that ignore everyone else’s opinions and
the well-being of the group. That is the first step towards destruction.
Greenpeace cannot afford this, nor can any other environmental group. When
it comes to the environment, there is no compromise.
Regards, and please make the right choice,
As a member of the public who has supported Greenpeace over the years, I
am appalled at the decision to hire Tzeporah Berman in any capacity
whatsoever. I call on Greenpeace International to rescind her hiring as
co-director of their international climate campaign.
Greenpeace has the chance to uphold the spirit of decades of dedicated
action, by renouncing collaboration and partnership with destructive
corporations Ð as well as the bought-and-paid-for greenwash spin of a
former environmentalist. Ms Berman does Greenpeace no favours, but I’m
sure her new job description has the IPP proponents and Premier Campbell’s
backroom boys rolling on the floor at Greenpeace’s decision to hire a fox
to help with the chickens.
Come to your collective senses, Greenpeace – there’s a planet to save!
Robyn Budd, Heriot Bay BC
Tzeporah Berman has skewed priorities and is in bed with political figures
that have been absolutely destructive to the environment in BC. Stop her
from joining Greenpeace!
I donate monthly to Greenpeace and recently made a one-time donation as a
gift for a number of friends. I would seriously consider stopping my
donations if Tzeporah Berman is hired as director of the Climate Campaign.
I am a resident of BC and have seen first-hand the destructive effects of
her support of a government that is hell-bent on exploiting the
environment and suppressing dissent.
Greenpeace needs to remain in its current position: it is a rare example
of a large environmental NGO that is bold, that won’t compromise, that
accepts physical bottom lines and will do whatever peaceful means it takes
to slow and stop the rate at which humans are destroying the planet.
Doesn’t that seem like an important quality to keep?
Berman does not belong with GPI. This is about more than just integrity-
this is about effectiveness on the largest problem humanity has ever
Connor Gibson Burlington, VT, USA
Please protect your integrity and do not hire Tzeporah Berman to head your
climate change program.
She has lost all credibility in British Columbia as a protector of our
environment. Appointing her will damage your credibility and harm BC’s
chances for a non-corporate, public solution to our pressing environmental
Hiring Berman, who is widely disliked in environmental circles for her
unthinking adherence to what she thinks of as the new corporate way, will
be like hiring the oil industry as your spokesperson – not a wise move. Is
Greenpeace really falling for the BC Liberals’ greening of the province?
No environmental science backs up Gordon Campbell’s greenwashed plans, and
yet Berman continues to cheerlead for business. A wholly unproven and
politically dubious move at best. Who bought her?
Stop Tzeporah Berman.
For the sake of Greenpeace’s future and our planet. DO NOT HIRE her.
Greenpeace International could not have made a worse decision in hiring
Tzeporah Berman . In my view Tzeporah Berman is the new Patrick Moore of
the environmental movement. She has lost touch with the ‘grassroots’ and
has become a “corporate voice piece”.
Aligning with Tzeporah Berman will cost Greenpeace International huge
support from many in the environmental movement, and worse yet will not
bring about the change that we all know is necessary.
Her position and action in support of Run of River and IPP projects is
enough evidence for me. She has to go.!!!!!! Please rescind your decision.
It’s time greenpeace actually stood up to corporation and against the 2010
Olympic disaster. Firing Berman would be the first step.
I am unalterably opposed to the potential hire of Tzeporah Berman. I
contribute to several environmental groups but the reason I support
Greenpeace is its policy of direct action. If this hire takes place,
Greenpeace is moving in the direction of other organizations which, though
I support, do not provide the unique actions that attracted me to
Greenpeace in the first place. I promise you that I will cease my
contributions to the organization if this hire takes place. Believe me.
I am a member of Greenpeace, and was proud of its approach to confront
corporations who are destroying the environment. The appointment of
Tzeporah Berman is outrageous. I will be cancelling my membership.
Thanks for spearheading this opposition.
Stop corporate greenwashing!!!
Greenpeace still has some go for it guts left. I was around during the
launch years when I edited the Georgia Straight in the 1970s and
Greenpeace negotiated the $300,000 loan that got it off the ground.
Tzeporah Berman then would have been considered a Public Relations
executive. Your campaign is valid.
As a member, I am appalled that such a questionable hiring decision would
be taken. I do not see how her track record aligns with the values of
Greenpeace. For the sake of the movement and our planet, I urge Greenpeace
to rescind the hiring of Tzeporah Berman as co-director of the
international climate campaign.
My name is Gary Mills and I live in Terrace, B.C.
I am opposed to hiring this Berman to head Greenpeace. The situation with
the environment is too critical to make any accommodation with
corporations. Their practices must be opposed and stopped with no
One wonders WHO at Greenpeace is supporting the hiring of Tzeporah Berman.
This decision makes no sense at all and will shift all the influence
greenpeace now has in exactly the wrong direction. Don’t do it!
susan westren, Quadra Island, BC
The logging of ancient forest continues apace on the north coast of B. C.
Shame on berman and her fellow collaborators were duped and the world
loses a priceless treasure. thank you save greenpeace
I would object to having Ms Berman involved. I feel she has compromised
her reputation and would do the same to Greenpeace.
I can’t believe you are hiring this woman. If you go through with this you
will lose all credibility with the public and your thousands of
supporters. When it’s lost it’s gone for good. At the very least you
should be publically explaining your actions, Or have you just become
another corporate lacky. What’s the difference between you and them now.
Behind closed doors decisions, sleeping with the enemy, DO YOU REALLY THINK
PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PUT UP WITH THIS? IF I don’t get answers I’ll ask the
media , they’ll be all over this , wouldn’t they love to see a crack in
Tzeporah Berman shouldered her way through the hundred-thousand-strong
demo’s at Copenhagen to get into the exclusive BAU tent, where she lauded
Premier Gordon Campbell with a stupid ‘green’ trophy. Campbell was
there-and I quote from his website, “to support PM Stephen Harper, the
tar-sands lackey who shamed and embarrassed Canada before the world.
Shame on Greenpeace, -what a terrible fall from grace…
We are in total agreement with entry #6. How dare Greenpeace use an image
of the Rainbow Warrior to solicit funds from the public and give the
organisation an activist veneer in order to pay themselves huge salaries
and burn fossil fuels flying around the world to talk about climate
change! Meanwhile grassroot activists in communities around the world are
affecting real change, without media fanfare and the trite photo ops that
Greenpeace uses to further advance its ‘spin’ of ‘direct confrontation’.
Please do not hire Tzeporah!
Please keep my name anonymous.
I am a former staff member at Greenpeace Canada, and continue as an
activist with the organization. Senior Management at Greenpeace, both in
Canada and Internationally, speak of the importance of connecting
environmental and social justice. One of the first principles of the
ecology movement is that everything is connected. Tzeporah’s willingness
to compromise is an anathema to this principle. We cannot stand on the
side of GE or Victoria’s Secret one day as they decide introduce recycled
paper or put up a solar panel, and then retain credibility as they
continue to exploit women and profit from war. Tzeporah has tried too long
to straddle this contradiction in the name of achieving “wins”. One can
hope that Greenpeace is able to reform her, and make use of her excellent
organizing and communication skills. I worry however that her hiring
represents a continuation of a trend within the Greenpeace International
Climate campaign to ignore ecology and instead focus on implementing a
narrow vision that can not quite decide if it is really a (r)evolution.
Tzeporah Berman should not be given the chance to destroy the decades of
good work by a heretofore premiere leader of the environmental
Greenpeace Canada and Greenpeace International owe their thousands of
donors, supporters and staff a comprehensive explanation.
Just our concern over Berman’s credentials should prevent her getting hired.
OR ARE THE FEW AT THE TOP TO ARROGANT TO CONSIDER ANYONE’S VOICE BUT THEIR
I donate monthly to Greenpeace, but I would seriously consider stopping my
donations if Tzeporah Berman is hired as director of the Climate Campaign.
I was rather surprised that an activist organization like Greenpeace
should hire a self professed ‘environmentalist’ in the person of Tzeporah
Berman whose credibility was completely destroyed in British Columbia with
her support for run-of-the-river power projects. The rest of the world was
given a well publicized view of her priorities when she gave our premier,
Gordon Campbell an ‘environmental’ award. The same person who has
encouraged log exports and fish farms ever since he was elected. The same
person who spent hundreds of millions on a road to a ski resort.
Salt Spring Island
We have attended Greenpeace protests at all hours of the night and day,
and have been donating monthly for about 15 years (sometimes up to almost
We have defended Greenpeace’s reputation to anyone who’s criticized it
with the final salvo: “warts and all, would you rather they not exist?” to
which most critics agree, Greenpeace is a necessary organization.
However, the upcoming hiring of Tzeporah Berman has pushed even us–the
staunchest of Greenpeace loyalists–to jump ship.
As painful as it is, we are removing our support until steps have been
taken to stop Tzeporah Berman’s appointment.
We will notify both Greenpeace Canada (email@example.com) and
Greenpeace International (firstname.lastname@example.org ) that we
would rather increase our support to organizations like
http://www.wildernesscommittee.org which are actively working to protect BC’s
rivers from being privatized by the so-called run-of-river IPPs that
Berman has been shilling for.
We encourage anyone else taking this stand to let them know your
feelings–it’s the only way they’ll know why you’re taking those steps.
And we’re sincere about reinstating our support if Berman is removed.
D. Brown and family,
this would be a large mistake for greenpeace. have worked with this
individual for a half dozen years. sadly, a poor leader without team
skills, who treats subordinates without respect. unfortunately, her ego
and propensity for negotiations-at-all-costs routinely clouds her
judgment and forecloses on leverage and/or smarter solutions. activist
My name is Ms. Michael Victoria Moore and I live in Calgary, Alberta Canada
I have been a member of GreenPeace for many years and have always been
quite proud of your efforts and accomplishments. In the coming years we
(on Earth) will face many challenges and it will be even more important to
know with whom we stand. So many companies are scrambling to be seen as
socially just and to show that they operate with an environmental
conscience when in reality all they are doing is slapping green paint onto
a toxic logo.
GreenPeace and your brand have always stood for something good and
honorable. An easy banner to stand behind whatever the struggle. This is
not the time to sell out to corporate pressures or monetary influence. You
may gain ground with the corporations but your name will disappear under
Please do not hire Tzeporah Berman or anyone like her as they are the
antithesis of everything that you stand for.
M. V. Moore
This type of corporist-stooge appointment has no place in this organization.
Brooklyn, New York