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At age 23 in 1997, eco-activist Julia Butterfly Hill volunteered to sit in a 600-year-old redwood tree to save it from being cut down. For two years and eight days, Hill lived 180 feet off the ground. While storms raged and loggers harrassed her, she spoke via phone to thousands about protecting these ancient, magical, deeply spiritual trees. One grove was eventually saved. In these inspiring audio clips, the still-outspoken environmentalist talks about the awesome redwoods, witnessing a clearcut, and how love is our most potent force.
Used by permission from Sounds True and excerpted from the CD, "Spiritual Activation; Why Each of Us Does Make the Difference."
More Audio from Julia Butterfly Hill
- First Time in the Redwoods
She was spiritually bowled over when she first encountered the natural cathedral of the forest.
- God said: 'Your Inaction Is Part of Injustice'
A minister's daughter, Hill asked for--and received--divine guidance about the environment.
- Honoring Each Other for Caring
Watching ancient redwoods felled taught Hill the importance of continuing to care and feel, no matter what.
- Magic in Wildness
She champions the trees.
- 'It's Your Love That Makes You Powerful'
When a 24-year-old activist was killed by a logger, Hill realized that love can't be felled.