Julia Butterfly Hill

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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. She did this so that she could protect a 1000 year old tree that she did not want to be cut down. This is how Julia got her fame. Beyond that, Julia is an American activist, a very active environmentalist and an author. The huge stunt she pulled off in 1997, is the biggest contribution she has made to our environment. She stood for something she believed in, and the Pacific Lumber Company just couldn't cut down the tree.


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Julia Butterfly Hill ties into our environmental study when she is mentioned on page 653 in our textbooks. She sat in that tree for 2 years, as a form of nonviolent civil disobedience. At first she never realized that the damage was so bad, and only planned to stay in the tree for a few days. But when she realized just how much damage had been caused by cutting down other redwood trees, she decided to stay for 2 years to make known what was happening and to help save the trees.