The daughter of an itinerant preacher, Hill writes of her chance meeting with California logging protesters, the blur of events leading to her ascent of the redwood, and the daily privations of living in the tallest treehouse on earth. She weathers everything from El Niño rainstorms to shock-jock media storms. More frightening are her interactions with the loggers below, who escalate the game of chicken by cutting dangerously close to Luna (eventually succeeding at killing another activist with such tactics). "'You'd better get ready for a bad hair day!'" one logger shouts up, grimly anticipating the illegal helicopter hazing she would soon get. Celebrity environmentalists like Joan Baez and Woody Harrelson stop by, too. The notoriety has, on balance, been good to Hill and her cause. George magazine named her one of the "Ten Most Fascinating People in Politics," Good Housekeeping readers nominated her one of the "Most Admired Women" in 1998, and she was featured in People's "Most Intriguing People of the Year" issue. As a result, more Americans know about controversial forestry practices; it remains to be seen, however, whether public outrage is enough to save California's unprotected and ever-shrinking groves of redwoods. While an agreement allowed Hill to descend from her aerie and Luna to escape the saw, most of the surrounding old-growth forest in the region has been felled or will fall shortly. Still, Hill is optimistic: "Luna is only one tree. We will save her, but we will lose others. The more we stand up and demand change, though, the more things will improve." --Langdon Cook --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thank Julia, an amazing woman, so much, for her words, her courage, her spirit.
Julia Butterfly's book is a must read to any activist or person who believes that they cannot make a difference in shining the positive light in a negative world.
I have no illusions though, that this book was written in a fortnight... she was up there for 738 days; plenty of time for writing!
This book is AMAZING! Such an interesting story that keeps you turning the pages. If you love nature and care about our environment, you have to read this book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by megan mackenzie
Julia Butterfly Hill sat in a 1000 year old growth redwood tree named Luna for better than two years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by vinnie
Given the media hype attached to this book, I was prepared to dislike it as a fatuous ego trip. The unattributed prologue, which claims that "a woman named Julia Butterfly Hill... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A Customer
Seminal work on the environmental movement's most charismatic individual who set a precedent.
Great dissemination of her ideology and implementation of her paradigm in a... Read more
I loved this book. What a brave and inspiring woman. Until I read this book I thought replacing every tree taken with 2 trees sounded like a reasonable deal. I was sooo wrong. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Annette Sonnenberg
This is a breathtaking book. I thank Julia, an amazing woman, so much, for her words, her courage, her spirit. Read morePublished 7 months ago by nir
As a society we pretty much suck! Makes me wonder if there will be much beauty I the world much longerPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
The magnitude of the love and dedication Julia Hill fills you with as her and Lunas story unfolds is nothing short of spiritual. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Margaret Kilbride