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"Those things of real worth in life are worth going to any length in love and respect to safeguard."
—Julia Butterfly Hill
Check out Julia's blog, Thoughts from Julia!
Julias own account of her first 100 days in Luna.
Julia visits OCP oil pipeline sites in Ecuador, July, 2002.
For 738 days Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree, called Luna, to help make the world aware of the plight of ancient forests. Julia, with the great help of steelworkers and environmentalists, successfully negotiated to permanently protect the 1,000 year-old tree and a nearly three-acre buffer zone. Her two-year vigil informed the public that only 3% of the ancient redwood forests remain and that the Headwaters Forest Agreement, brokered by state and federal agencies and Pacific Lumber/Maxxam Corporation, will not adequately protect forests and species.
On December 18, 1999 Julia Butterfly Hill, then 26, came down to a world that recognized her as a heroine and powerful voice for the environment. Her courage, commitment and profound clarity in articulating a message of hope, empowerment, and love and respect for all life has inspired millions of people worldwide. Julia reflects,
Julia Hill chose the name Butterfly while in her childhood years and like her namesake she has undergone a great metamorphosis. She grew up in a deeply religious family as the daughter of a traveling, evangelical minister that later settled in Arkansas. In 1996 she suffered nearly fatal injuries in an auto accident. During close to a year of medical treatment and recovery, she had time to reassess her purpose in life. Two weeks after being released by her doctors, she headed west on a journey of self-discovery. She had no particular destination, but her first sight of the ancient redwoods overwhelmed her with awe. When I entered the majestic cathedral of the redwood forest for the first time, my spirit knew it had found what it was searching for. I dropped to my knees and began to cry because I was so overwhelmed by the wisdom, energy and spirituality housed in this holiest of temples.
Julia and other forest activists founded Circle of Life to inspire, support and network individuals, organizations, and communities so together we can create environmental and social solutions that are rooted deeply in love and respect for the interconnectedness of all life. We envision a sustainable culture that honors biological and cultural diversity. Through education and outreach, we promote efforts to protect and restore the Earth.
Julias father was an itinerant preacher, meaning he traveled around preaching. Their family, including mother, father, Julia and two brothers all lived in a small travel trailer. Julia would do puppet shows for the children in the places where her father was preaching. They were relatively poor.
Julia has had the nickname Butterfly since she was a child. She got it when the family was taking a hike one day and a butterfly landed on her and stayed with her the entire time. She has always been attracted to butterflies and they have been a powerful symbol of going inside ones cocoon to emerge beautiful. Julia was home-schooled and started taking college courses at age sixteen. She majored in business. Julia loves to cook and started her own restaurant at age eighteen. She has been a vegetarian since she was a teenager and has been a vegan for the past few years.
Other details of her life can be found in her book, The Legacy of Luna.
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