SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
University Affairs Office
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
March 8, 2002 File #208
Contact: Jenn Meyers, (707) 664-3949
Environmental Activist Julia Butterfly Hill to Speak of Her "Luna Legacy"In December of 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill climbed into a thousand-year-old redwood tree and it was there she remained for over two years. On Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m., Hill will recount this adventure and discuss her current book, "One Makes A Difference" at the Universityís Cooperage.
Hillís fight to save her tree "Luna" and other surrounding old growth redwoods was only the beginning of her commitment to guiding others along a path of environmental and social awareness.
Hill was new to California and to the environmental movement when she first became aware of Pacific Lumber/Maxxam Corporations plans to clear-cut a section of ancient redwoods. It was in Humboldt Counties Headwaters Forest that she took a stand against one of the largest logging companies in the nation. On a platform 180 feet up in a giant redwood tree she called"Luna," she endured 90-mph winds and constant harassment from Pacific Lumberís climbers and helicopters.
Hillís conviction paid off, and after a 738-day vigil Pacific Lumber agreed to permanently protect Luna and a 2.9-acre grove around her. Julia has since created the Circle of Life Foundation, which strives to develop a sustainable culture of life on Earth "rooted deeply in love and respect for the interconnectedness of all beings." She has also testified at the California Board of Forestry several times and met with Senator Dianne Feinstein all in the name of banning old growth logging. These experiences inspired her to write the best selling book "The Legacy of Luna".
On December 18, 1999, Julia Butterfly Hill came down to a world that that recognized her as a heroine and a powerful voice for the environment.
Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 general admission and are available at the door. This event is sponsored by Sonoma Stateís Associated Students Productions.
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