Hollywood Rallies Around a Greener British Columbia

    Vancouver Premiere of DiCaprio Film The 11th Hour Draws Crowds and

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Hollywood stars and environmentalists joined
forces at a private screening of Leonardo DiCaprio's The 11th Hour last night
to focus attention on the lack of protection for BC's inland temperate
rainforest, which stores 16 per cent(i) of the province's carbon and is home
to the world's only mountain caribou, and to call for action to ensure a green
British Columbia.
    Tzeporah Berman brought this message to a private Vancouver screening of
DiCaprio's new documentary, in which she appears as an expert on the state of
the world's forests.
    "We have a rare opportunity in British Columbia to lead the charge to
address global warming and species extinction but we need to act quickly,"
said Berman, who is one of the founders and program director of ForestEthics.
"It's crazy that we continue to subsidize expanding oil and gas development in
this province while claiming we are climate leaders and that our precious old
growth forests particularly in the inland rainforest are still being logged."
    Ricky Schroder, Marlee Matlin and Jennifer Beals from The L Word were
just some of the stars who took to Vancouver's "Green Biodegradable Carpet"
and after party - which was completely carbon offset - to enjoy organic wine,
fair trade coffee and hemp goody bags containing bamboo thongs among the green
    Berman addressed the overflow VIP crowd -- who signed postcards urging
Premier Campbell to follow his scientist's own recommendations and protect the
necessary caribou habitat -- about BC's potential role in the fight against
global warming, given the incredible carbon storage capacity of temperate
    "With its old growth temperate forests, British Columbia has an
unparalleled opportunity to help mitigate against global warming while
protecting our one of a kind biodiversity," she said.
    Based on the average price for carbon emissions trading in Europe, the
carbon found in BC's mountain caribou habitat alone (about half of the total
inland rainforest region) is worth more than $12 billion.
    Berman is interviewed in The 11th Hour along with 50 other leading
scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the state of the world and the
state of humanity. The film is set for release across Canada, August 31st.

    (i) According to Kurz and Apps 1999. A 70-Year Retrospective of Carbon
           Fluxes in the Canadian Forest Sector. Ecological Applications.
           9:526-547, the carbon stored in BC's interior forest is 323.9 tons
           of carbon per hectare. The inland temperate rainforest is
           11 million hectares, 80 per cent of the area is forested, so the
           total carbon is 2.8 billion tons, or 16 per cent of the provincial

For further information:

For further information: Andrew Frank (ForestEthics Communications),
(778) 330-5397 OR (250) 498-6858; Tzeporah Berman (ForestEthics Program
Director), (604) 313-4713; Candace Batycki (ForestEthics Inland Rainforest
Director), (604) 219-7457

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