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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (March 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062517562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062517562
  • ASIN: B000C4SUKG
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,806,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Environmental activist and writer Hill, whose The Legacy of Luna recorded her attempt to save a redwood forest by living in a tree for two years, now offers practical tips for environmentally sound living. In short, punchy chapters, she suggests steps that readers of all ages can take to reduce waste and pollution. Using nontoxic household products for cleaning, organizing recycling programs and buying locally grown produce are just a few of the measures Hill recommends in this accessible guide. She also gives a crash course in nonviolent protesting and other forms of political action.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Though without formal environmental training, Hill has earned the right to her title; as she described in The Legacy of Luna, she endured a 738-day tree-sit in a successful defense of ancient redwoods. She is now back on terra firma, and her optimism and goals remain high. Covering such topics as recycling, air pollution, environmental justice, land use, and other topics, she presents brief background and statistics, motivating quotes, sidebars on individuals who took courageous action, "inspirational activities," "meditation," and lists of organizations. Regrettably, the treatment is uneven. Many suggestions are quite detailed (e.g., considerations when purchasing energy-efficient appliances or how to prepare a press release), while others are so unsupported that they appear unreasonable. Family planning, zero population growth, and adoption are all covered in two sentences. Hill admonishes readers to dispose of toxic chemicals properly but then adds, "if you don't have a place, start one." More substance and more advice are needed to make this book really effective. Potentially inspirational for young adults and largely worthwhile despite some shortcomings, this is recommended for public libraries and Hill's many fans. Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "samhainshecky" on August 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to use in the classroom for a lesson I
was doing in my 12th grade American Government class. It was
great for the students! They could really relate to information.
I was amazed at how eager my students were to make efforts to
help our environment. I admire Ms. Hill and all the efforts she
has made in raising awareness!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Reader from PA on March 20, 2003
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I consider myself environmentally conscious. I use fluorescent bulbs, print office stuff on both sides of each sheet, eat organic food, etc. Still, I haven't thought about a lot of things Julia Hill suggests. Now I use the same styrofoam cup for 2 weeks and I stopped using plastic cuttlery. I knew burghers were not the best food but I didn't know that, by eating one at a fast food restaurant, I destroy rain forest. It is amazing how much stuff we waste without thinking about it and how much we take for granted. As Julia pointed out, we can learn a lot from trips to "3rd world" countries. For example, there are people out there who save every drop of drinking water while we take a shower for an hour. We buy bigger and bigger gasoline-guzzling and air-poluting cars we don't need as status symbols. We act as if our resourses were unlimited.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wildflowerboy on October 18, 2006
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Written by the legendary environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, "One Makes the Difference" provides a wealth of useful information on how we can work, both individually and collectively, to restore our fragile biosphere. While some of the advise is commonsense (buy organic, recycle, ride a bike), there are many other less obvious hints on how we can minimize our impact on the planet. Whether one's interested in protecting endangered species, cleaning up the air, saving our oceans or stopping the deforesting of the tropics, there is much that readers will learn from this text. Furthermore, Hill's simple writing style makes the book accessible for kids and adults alike. As such, I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on August 17, 2003
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Maybe if there were more people like Julia Butterfly Hill, the world would be a better place. Since her heroic act of sitting a tree called Luna to prevent it from being cut down (along with many other giant sequoia trees), she has been an inspiration to many. This book is filled with the inspiring tales of people who are like Julia Hill, who do care and who have made a difference in our world. It also is packed with information on all sorts of environmental issues from water conservation to the clear-cutting of trees to to the very positive effects of vegetarianism on the environment. It has lists of the things you can do in your everyday life to make a difference. It lets you know that even the smallest things do make a difference. This is a great book for budding activists, anyone seeking inspiration, as well as just for the curious.--Reviewed by Courtney Bronte
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2003
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I must say I found this book to be quite a disappointment, especially after Hill's inspiring "Legacy of Luna". Part of the problem with "One Makes the Difference" is that it's not sure what it wants to be. Is it a handbook for applying environmentalism to everyday life? If it is, it fails. Many strategies (for instance, biodiesel) lack enough detail for the reader to translate them into action. It's also broken down into artificial sections, like "air" and "water" and "land"; in reality many strategies for environmental living benefit more than one of these. A better way to organize would've been into different categories of human action, like transportation, diet, and home-heating/cooling. Humans can compartmentalize; nature cannot.
Another source of frustration with this book was the "inspiring" tales of people who "made a difference". While it *can* be inspiring to read about people who succeeded, I was ultimately left wishing that the author had explained more about *why* these people were successful. Otherwise, the stories feel like nothing more than mere chance amidst the many attempts at environmental activism that fail.
I would suggest this book only to those who are relatively new to the environmental movement.
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