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The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods Paperback – April 3, 2001
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About the Author
Julia Butterfly Hill, twenty-six, is a writer, a poet, and an activist. She helped found the Circle of Life Foundation to promote the sustainability, restoration, and preservation of life. The foundation is sponsored by the nonprofit Trees Foundation, which works toward the conservation and preservation of forest ecosystems. Hill has been the recipient of many honors and awards, and is a frequent speaker for environmental conferences around the world.
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Pacific Lumber wants to chop the tree to smithereens. For what reason? To make a redwood deck?
How stupid and pointless!
So UP Ms Hill goes to stop the lumberjacks, who act like jackasses to destroy the forrest.
It is an unsustainable practice, but you can't argue with their mentality.
They see the deforestation as a way of putting food on their table, but it is methodolically destroying what took thousands of years to form. Our precious redwood forrest is under siege by these lumber companies.
Ms Butterfly Hill climbs this tree in order to save it's life. Her story is told as completely as possible in this enthralling book. I hope that you read it and in true Ms Butterfly fashion, pass it along to another reader. Ms Butterfly would appreciate the recycling of the pages of her book, because she is truly vested to preserve our natural earth.
I loved this book and I love Ms Butterfly Hill!!!
She is a champion for living in the massive tree - on a wooden platform no bigger than the surface of a queen sized bed! What an amazing accomplishmet for a woman, especially a woman that young!!!
The weather was especially uncooperative during the winter season. She was hardy to survive the relentless cold, winds and attacks on her by Pacific Lumber and their evil allies.
Read her book and be amazed at what her heart & her mind (and her earth friendly friends) did for a beautiful redwood tree, and what heartless people did to force her off the tree.
She is also a spiritualy woman who credits the loving and almighty God for helping her during times of hugely stressful challenges. Like when Pacific Lumber sent a helicopter to blow 300 mph winds in her face. That damned pilot should be jailed for trying to kill Ms Hill!!! That helicopter nearly blew her off the tree to her death, but God saved her from that horrible fate!!! God and only God could possibly have the power to keep Ms Hill perched on her platform and she won that battle.
The meanies didn't win this time.
Thank God for that!
In the end, the tree named LUNA was spared and this amazing woman lives on to tell her tale to all who will listen. I hope people hear her story and their hearts grow big with wonder at her amazing feat!
God bless you.
Julia Hill is that rare individual: a political activist who is above partisan rancor; a moralist who transcends ideologies. Because of this, she draws fire from all sides, since she is bound to offend those who offer their allegiance to political orthodoxies. But here she writes a compelling and vivid tale that is wonderfully cinematic and sparkles with her wit and insight, more than justifying her new incarnation as one of the brightest and most personable spokespersons for environmentalism one would hope to find.
In "Legacy of Luna," we learn how this itinerant preacher's daughter came to a fuller awareness of what was important in life after her brush with death in a terrible auto accident. She finds her higher cause in the old-growth forests of the West Coast, where environmentalists desperately place their own bodies in harm's way in an effort to stop overlogging. Like an early Christian aescetic, she soon found herself suspended in the air, nearer to heaven, hoping for a miracle, while the world watched. Defying all attempts by the Maxxam Corporation to force her from her perch, surviving storms, cold, and loneliness, Julia describes in this remarkable book exactly why the old-growth forests are worth preserving and shares the lessons she learned from her long ordeal. She writes about the media frenzy that developed, about the celebrities who offered support, and how she maintained her sanity and perspective in dealing with the whirlwind her action created.
Heroes come from the strangest places and sometimes do what appear to be the strangest things. The truest heroes are those who inspire the rest of us to heroic living, and no one who reads this book with an open heart will fail to be inspired by Julia Butterfly Hill's saga of courage and love.