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document to the Premier.
With Chrétien's self imposed Kyoto deadline looming a

few weeks away, what did the media do with this

blockbuster?
They ignored it. They showed no interest in investigating

the claims of the report. They weren't interested in

contacting the authors to see if it was still relevant. The

story was but a blip on the news radar for a day. Then it

disappeared.
I was aghast. In my over twenty years in the environmental

movement, the Lost Document was bigger than anything I

had ever come across. And the timing was perfect to bring

it to light.


So I upped the ante. A few of us set up a vigil on the front

steps of the Alberta Legislature.


With our bikes and bicycle trailer, in minus 10 degree C

weather, we stood, and we slept, with our sleeping bags and

a solar panel on the landing to the Alberta Legislature.
As Members of the Legislative Assembly hurried between

government buildings, we distributed copies of the Lost

Document. We talked about the benefits and promise of

rooftop solar shingles to generate electricity without the

smog and the climate damage of burning fossil fuels.
We phoned the media trying to entice them to cover the

story. We challenged the Premier and MPs to debate.

We asked questions.
We froze our butts 24 hours a day for a full week with little

government or media interest. The Edmonton Journal did

an interview, and my mug made it to the front page of the

newspaper. But the Kyoto Now! sign I was holding was

cropped out, and I had one quote about the Grey Cup

football game that weekend. The fate of the earth was

trumped by pigskin.
The Kyoto Protocol was in serious limbo. In order to

become international law, Canada and Russia would have

to sign on. Given that climate change is arguably the most

important survival issue of our time, Ralph Klein and

Alberta were standing in the way of Canada signing on.

Eventually Canada did ratify the treaty, but at that point in

time it was far from clear if Chrétien would stay the course.
It was an epic struggle. On one side, the largest

corporations on the planet - the oil, gas and car industries

alongside Ralph Klein and the Government of Alberta. On

the other side the little guy from Shawinigan, intent on

signing Kyoto as part of his legacy as Prime Minister of

Canada, much of the Canadian public, and a little guy

from Montreal, former Edmonton City Councillor and

environmental activist.


I hit the road, preaching the benefits of Kyoto in Edmonton,

Edson, Rocky Mt. House, Calgary, and Lethbridge. But

didn't make a dent in the mantra we heard night after night

on the news -- that Kyoto would be dire for Alberta.


So what do you do when the earth is being terrorized, the

life support systems of the planet yanked out bit by bit by

powerful vested interests? What's a conscious, concerned

person to do?


When so much is as stake, isn't an informed person obliged

to act? To take a chance? To be bold? The great American

writer Henry David Thoreau wrote of the duty of civil

disobedience. He said that citizens should act on their

consciences, to do what's right even if it means breaking

the law. "Let your life be a friction to the machine" he said.


I decided to occupy Ralph Klein's Calgary office, to focus

attention on the promise of Kyoto, of how good it could be,

of how Klein was lying.
With Jerry rolling tape and a suitcase full of food and

water, we walked into Klein's Calgary Elbow constituency

office and spoke with Betty his assistant. I wanted a

response from the Premier about the Lost Document. She

said we should be patient. After a half hour discussion of

the benefits of wind power and the dangers of burning ever

increasing amounts of coal, oil and natural gas, she told us

we would have to leave.


"I'm not leaving" I said, until I received a response from

Klein. She called security. We scoped out the office, and

discovered the vault.
Once locked inside, I did a number of media interviews

before my cell phone went dead. To my delight there was

a fax machine in the vault, and it was working.
I looked around and found a sheet of Ralph Klein, Premier

letterhead. Pen in hand I jotted down that I was inside

Klein's vault to bring attention to the Lost Document which

proved that Kyoto would be good for Alberta. I included

the website address, and faxed away to my media list. I

even faxed the Premier at home for good measure.


Then the lights went out, so I faxed by the light of my

lighter. I heard noises from outside - they were trying to

open the vault. I knew my time was limited.
I spied a large Stars and Stripes. I wonder if it was a gift

from Klein's Houston oil buddies. Or perhaps ExxonMobil.


After an hour and a half I heard the lever moving. I grabbed

it, heaving my weight to prevent it from turning, and

suddenly, down it went.
A band of Calgary's finest SWAT team, uniformed to the

hilt, lunged at me, rifles perched, shouting at me to get on

the ground. Pouncing on me, they pinned me to the ground,

sliced off my knapsack, and yelled, all at once. "Relax", I

shouted back. "I'm trained in the art of civil disobedience.

I am a non-violent protester."


They gruffly handcuffed my hands behind my back, hoisted

me up, and walked me into the office. There awaited a

cadre of cops. One threw my winter coat over my head, like

a shamed criminal, and frog-marched me out of the office

into the public corridor.
The sound changed outside the office. I ducked my head

and the coat fell to the ground. "Why is Ralph Klein afraid

of the Lost Document?" I asked the TV cameras as the

police threw my coat back over my head, leading me away

to a waiting cruiser.
At the police station I'm stripped and all my belongings

taken away from me. I'm left with a t-shirt, pants (no belt)

underwear and socks, and left in a white cell, alone.
I pace the room, entertained by the graffiti on the walls.

Then my heart stops: there is a big swastika scraped from

the paint. It must be 2 feet square, the most obvious graffiti

in the cell.


As a Jew, and an anti-racist, this deeply offended me. I

stared at it, dumbfounded. I tried scraping the paint off

with my fingernail, but no luck.
I notice my pants have a brass button. I drop them, scrape

away the swastika's power by turning it into a square, and

put my pants back on.
A few hours later two burly cops come into my cell,

towering over me, close to me. One growls, "Take off

your shirt". So I take off my shirt.
"Take off your pants". Uh oh. What's coming now? Are

they going to humiliate me? Rape me? What?


"Take off my pants?" I ask, incredulous. "Take off your

pants" the cop bellows. I take off my pants, and throw

them on the ground.
"We're taking these as evidence. You damaged public

property" and they're off with my clothes.


After 26 hours I'm back on the streets.
My day in court is March 1-3, 2004. I have several charges

against me, including mischief - for interfering with the

operation of the office, and theft - for taking a small

Alberta flag, meant for constituents, worth no more than

a quarter (but not, interestingly, for cracking open the

champagne). And I've been charged for damaging public

property when I effaced the swastika.
I look forward to my day in court, when I can ask how long

the swastika had been there, and was the person who

scratched the swastika also charged with damage to public

property, and why hadn't it been removed?


But most importantly, I look forward to establishing the

seriousness of the climate crisis, and the need for

government actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We will get expert testimony on the contents and value of

the material in the Lost Document. And we'll argue that the

Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures our right of protest

and freedom of expression.
We'll argue that locking myself in Ralph Klein's vault was

a political act, in the long tradition of non-violent civil

disobedience, from Gandhi's salt march in India to Rosa

Parks refusing to go to the back of the bus in Montgomery

Alabama.
We have a right, and a duty, to protest when horrible things

are being done by our governments. That is a cornerstone

of democracy. Without political pressure, things rarely

change. But with letters and petitions, articles and rallies,

sit ins and occupations, the message can get through to

government to act.


Around the world the coral reefs are dying off due to

warmer ocean temperatures. The polar bears are in trouble

due to warmer water and less ice to fish from. 20,000

people died in Europe in the summer of 2003 due to

extreme heat, exactly the sort of weather one would expect

in a climate changed world. Alberta has been suffering

through the worst droughts in its history, and serious

concerns are being raised about dramatically shrinking

water resources.
The world's climate scientists say that we need to reduce

our greenhouse gas emissions by 60-80%. Kyoto is just a

tiny first step. With public involvement and pressure on

politicians, perhaps Canada can begin moving.


The Lost Doc shows that Kyoto is not bitter medicine, but

actually an opportunity disguised as a problem. When we

realize that we can save money, create employment and

protect the environment through Lost Doc-type initiatives,

a huge new potential is unleashed. The power to change.
(closing paragraph about the power of individuals to make

a difference, to stand up and be counted)


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Angela Bischoff

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

E-mail: greenspi@web.ca

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:17 pm Post subject: RELATED LINKS, ORGANIZATIONS, RESOURCES: Reply with quote

RELATED LINKS, ORGANIZATIONS, RESOURCES:


Tooker & Angela on Climate Change

http://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Awww.greenspiration.org+%22climate+change%22

Tooker & Angela on Kyoto

http://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Awww.greenspiration.org+kyoto

Tooker & Angela on Renewable Energy

http://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Awww.greenspiration.org+renewable


Energy Links, Organizations, Resources, Renewables...

http://www.planetfriendly.net/energy.html


Executive Summary of the Lost Document

http://people.uleth.ca/~hall/

http://people.uleth.ca/~hall/sp_Paper_nbsp_on_nbsp_the_nbsp_Potential_nbsp_For_nbsp_Reducing_nbsp_Carbon_nbsp_Dioxide_nbsp_Emissions_nbsp_in_nbsp_Alberta_nbsp_-_nbsp_Executive_nbsp_Summary.pdf
The Lost Document -- Corporate Media's spin...

http://www.cp.org/premium/ONLINE/member/National/021203/n1203125A.html


Being an Activist, Changing the World

By Tooker & Angela: www.greenspiration.org/Article/TenCommandments.html

By Elizabeth May: www.sierraclub.ca/national/activist.html

More: http://dmoz.org/Society/Activism/


Nonviolent Civil Resistance & Protest

http://dmoz.org/Society/Activism/Nonviolence/

http://www.pbs.org/weta/forcemorepowerful/
Become the Media, Alternative & Mainstream Media Guide

http://www.planetfriendly.net/voices.html


"There has never been an objective news story written,

even if it was only one paragraph. And that is because

of selection: somebody selected what's in that article

-- and what is *not*". - Barrie Zwicker

http://www.sources.com/listings/subscribers/L1672.htm
"Objectivity in journalism is advocacy for the status quo".

- Tom Wicker, former writer for the New York Times


– Peter Blanchard

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:48 pm Post subject: TOOKER'S WRITINGS, NEWS, LINKS, pictures, community... Reply with quote

Tooker's Writings, Links, News, Discussion, Community
Tooker's Writings & Related Links
Greenspiration - Tooker & Angela's "around-the-world

odyssey documenting and sharing inspiring ecological stories"

www.greenspiration.org
Tooker & Angela's Greenspiration E-mail List:

Archives for the Toronto-based list:

http://list.web.ca/archives/greenspirationto-l/
INSIDE RALPH KLEIN'S VAULT

Tooker's last article (plus links, organizations, resources)

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=185

(written January 2004, released posthumously, April 2004)


EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE

Tooker's last "Stir It Up" column for Alternatives Journal

www.alternativesjournal.ca/special/tooker.htm

Green, Sustainable Transportation links, organizations, public transit...

www.planetfriendly.net/living.html#transport
Tooker Gomberg - Writings and Links

www.greenspiration.org

www.google.com/search?q=%22tooker+gomberg%22

http://news.google.com/news?q=%22tooker+gomberg%22


Tooker's writings and news in Now and Eye Magazine

www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Awww.nowtoronto.com+%22tooker+gomberg%22

www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Awww.eye.net+%22tooker+gomberg%22
Discussion, Announcements & Community-Building
Tooker Gomberg - Online Discussion Forum & Announcements

www.planetfriendly.net/gomberg or www.planetfriendly.net/tooker


Another discussion thread on Tooker, this one hosted by Rabble.ca

www.rabble.ca/babble/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic&f=2&t=005761


Being an Activist, Changing the World
By Tooker & Angela: www.greenspiration.org/Article/TenCommandments.html

By Elizabeth May: www.sierraclub.ca/national/activist.html

More: http://dmoz.org/Society/Activism/

http://directory.google.com/Top/Society/Activism/

www.planetfriendly.net/enviro.html
Tribute Articles
From progressive/alternative sources:
Artistry in Activism – by Loic Jounot, Now, Mar 11

www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2004-03-11/news_story3.php

"he was the grain of sand that stopped the machine"
What Tooker Taught Us – Editorial, Eye Weekly, Mar 11

www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_03.11.04/op/editorial.html

"most astonishing of all, he managed to get things done"
Farewell, Tooker – by Wayne Roberts, Now, Mar 11

www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2004-03-11/news_story2.php

"master stuntman, writer and policy wonk was greenspiration to us all"
Many more excellent tributes and reflections can be found on the discussion forum:

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=19


From mainstream sources:
An Activist Life Eclipsed, by Jill Mahoney, Globe & Mail, Mar 16, pg. R7

www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040316/OBTOOK16/

"A mischievous political radical"
News of Tooker's Passing
Announcement sent to Planet-Friendly list:

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=55


Globe & Mail - Tooker Gomberg presumed dead: full story
Indymedia Victoria - Tooker Gomberg (includes pictures)

http://victoria.indymedia.org/news/2004/03/22791_comment.php


More Related News...

http://news.google.com/news?q=%22tooker+gomberg%22


Other Related Thoughts & Writings
Caring too much, caring too little, by Peter Blanchard

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=82

www.abbeyweb.net/quotes.htx?query=paragraph&op=search

www.planetfriendly.net/health.html#stress


Creating Stronger Community -- Links, Resources, Discussion

www.planetfriendly.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=18

www.planetfriendly.net/community.html#anywhere
"Take care of yourself and each other" - Tooker Gomberg
(Compiled by Peter Blanchard www.planetfriendly.net/gomberg

people@planetfriendly.net )


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:05 pm Post subject: Inside Ralph Klein's Vault Reply with quote

[received by e-mail from Angela Bischoff]


Hello friends. This really is the LAST piece Tooker wrote,

but it was never completed. Although the action happened

more than a year ago, it's a story that he never did tell.

Here it is... - angela


Inside Ralph Klein's Vault

By Tooker Gomberg

Jan. 22, 2004
"Lock me in" I instruct Jerry, my friend and cameraman.

We wrestle with the heavy steel door. Jerry kicks out the

doorstop, and before I know what's happened, the door

clangs shut with a loud rumble. I gasp, look around me,

and wonder if the air will last. I jostle the handle, just to be

sure. There's no escape. I'm locked inside Ralph Klein's

vault.
It's Tues. Dec. 3, 2002, and I'm trying to rally support for

the Kyoto protocol, to protect the world's climate from

catastrophic disruption. Prime Minister Chretien says he'll

sign the accord by the end of the year. Premier Klein of

fossil fuel rich Alberta says, in essence: over my dead

body. I say I'm prepared to take a stand.


I'm thirsty. Perhaps it's the lack of air. The vault is the size

of a large walk-in closet, and is being used as a storage

room.
I discover a case of booze. Not surprising given Klein's

history of hard drinking. What shall it be -- wine, Ouzo,

or Champagne?
I break open the bubbly and savor a few sips. I'm ready to

celebrate. I toast Mother Earth.


I pull out my cell phone and list of Calgary media contacts

and methodically begin calling. "This is Tooker Gomberg

and I'm locked in Ralph Klein's vault."
One by one I tell them of the "Lost Doc", the 300 page

report written by the Alberta government in 1990. It

addressed the question: Could Alberta reduce its

greenhouse gas emissions? The conclusion was startling:

Alberta could not only reduce emissions by 7% (the Kyoto

Protocol only required a 6% reduction from Canada) but it

could do so at an enormous profit!
Klein and the Alberta Government were fear mongering.

They repeated the lie that Kyoto would destroy the

Canadian economy, with 450,000 jobs lost and increases

in taxes and gasoline prices.


But the Lost Document showed that Klein wasn't being

honest. Kyoto would actually be good for Alberta. With an

investment of $6.7 billion the government could realize

annual savings of $2.2 billion. That's a rate of return of

over 30%. Canada Savings Bonds will get you 4% if you're

lucky. The Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund, a fund

that was supposed to put aside royalties from Alberta's oil

and gas industry for a rainy day, was actually losing

money. Why not invest in energy efficiency instead?
The implications were enormous. And it was a Made in

Alberta solution, prepared by the Alberta Government

itself. Klein apparently preferred a Made in Houston

solution -- good for the oil and gas industry, but bad for

the taxpayer, not to mention the planet.
Properly titled: A Discussion Paper on the Potential for

Reducing CO2 Emissions in Alberta, 1998-2005, I sensed

an opportunity, and an urgency. The Kyoto clock was

ticking. In order for the protocol to become international

law, 55 nations representing 55% of world greenhouse gas

emissions had to sign on. If Canada signed, all that would

be missing was Russia, and then it would reach the

benchmark. Without Canada the treaty would likely fall

apart.
The health of the world's climate was in the balance. I

hoped the media would be interested in adding some

substance to the debate, a new angle to the story they

kept repeating: Chretien for Kyoto, Klein against it.


I came to Edmonton from Toronto to spend two weeks

traveling Alberta, speaking about the benefits of Kyoto,

energy efficiency, wind turbines and solar panels. I

previewed a (nearly completed) film I had made called:

Kyoto Winds of Change, which explored the opportunities

of Kyoto. And I peddled the Lost Doc.


I called a news conference at the Alberta Legislature when

I delivered the Lost Document to Ralph Klein's office,

asking for a reply, asking why the recommendations had

never been implemented.


Media attendance was good, perhaps because as a former

Edmonton City Councillor I still had some profile. Security

guards barred us from venturing past the entrance.

Eventually a staff person came down to deliver the

document to the Premier.
With Chrétien's self imposed Kyoto deadline looming a

few weeks away, what did the media do with this

blockbuster?
They ignored it. They showed no interest in investigating

the claims of the report. They weren't interested in

contacting the authors to see if it was still relevant. The

story was but a blip on the news radar for a day. Then it

disappeared.
I was aghast. In my over twenty years in the environmental

movement, the Lost Document was bigger than anything I

had ever come across. And the timing was perfect to bring

it to light.


So I upped the ante. A few of us set up a vigil on the front

steps of the Alberta Legislature.


With our bikes and bicycle trailer, in minus 10 degree C

weather, we stood, and we slept, with our sleeping bags and

a solar panel on the landing to the Alberta Legislature.
As Members of the Legislative Assembly hurried between

government buildings, we distributed copies of the Lost

Document. We talked about the benefits and promise of

rooftop solar shingles to generate electricity without the

smog and the climate damage of burning fossil fuels.
We phoned the media trying to entice them to cover the

story. We challenged the Premier and MPs to debate.

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