Tune in to the Buried Life, on November 15th to find out the end of the story that unfolded when MTV got in touch with Zoe Miles to help her fulfil a dream. The dream? Saving a beloved forest slated for clear-cutting by one of the largest corporations in the world with offices in faraway Toronto.
35 million viewers will watch the show, hoping that the company will negotiate with Miles.
But will Flatt do the right thing? Tune in on November 15th and find out.
2,700 acres of gorgeous forest at stake
A flash mob of mostly young women inspired by Cortes Island resident Zoe Miles gathered in front of Brookfield Asset Management on Bay Street in Toronto last August to try to stop logging in one of the islands most beautiful and wild forests. The company owns 2,700 acres of the area around Carrington Bay, at centre of Cortes. Miles told the Vancouver Observer she came to Toronto "to have a conversation with Bruce Flatt, CEO of Brookfield Asset Management, who own 2700 acres of old growth on Cortes Island, threatened by clearcut logging."
"I came to ask him to sell me the Cortes forests, which have become known as the Avatar Woods, and to stop cutting old growth in BC. So, this morning I showed up at the front doors of Brookfield Place with over 300 beautiful blue people dressed up as characters from the recent movie, Avatar, not to mention an MTV crew, from the hit show "The Buried Life", and a number of other reporters. It was amazing. The people who joined me were unbelievably supportive, and so inspired about this issue," Miles said.
"At one point it was becoming clear that Bruce Flatt was not going to come down, and someone behind me at the moment (don't remember who, for the life of me) said: 'Do you think maybe you should try to go in there?'
"To be honest, this wasn't part of the plan, and I haven't really told anyone this yet, but something came over me. I don't know how to describe it, really, other than when I heard that, I felt YES inside, and announced my new plan over the megaphone. As I marched towards the line of police at the main doors to the building, with the crowd chanting behind me, I started panicking a bit, looking around for backup...
"It's really the same thing that I feel towards Bruce Flatt—that maybe the alternative that I'm suggesting doesn't fit within his standard business paradigm—but that we can find a way to move forward that benefits us both, and leaves the forests standing. I came to Toronto with no intention of confrontation or adversity, but with a sincere desire to connect with the humanity in Bruce Flatt. The fun of the Avatar protest came because I sincerely feel that my community has tried to deal with this issue from all the other angles we can, and still there is an unwillingness to talk about a land purchase. I hope that Bruce hears the voices of the youth shouting outside his building. We are serious about protecting what little is left of the sacred old-growth forests," Miles said last August.