From: Leila Conners Petersen, Producer, 11th Hour
Published August 13, 2007 05:32 PM

On Film: Leonardo DeCaprio's "The 11th Hour"

Los Angeles - 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.


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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.


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