Julia Butterfly Hill, an environmental activist, made history by spending 738 days in a redwood tree named Luna to protest the logging practices of Pacific Lumber Company. Her goal was to raise awareness about environmental destruction and the value of trees in stabilizing hillsides.
At the age of 23, Julia participated in a “tree sit” protest and decided to climb a massive redwood tree. She was inspired by the beauty and spirituality of the redwoods and was determined to make a difference.
What was initially planned as a few weeks in the tree turned into over two years. Julia endured harsh weather conditions, threats, and discomfort, but her dedication to the cause remained unwavering.
Living in the canopy of the tree, Julia used a solar-powered phone to communicate with the media. She received support from volunteers who hiked up the mountain to provide food and supplies.
Throughout her stay, Julia learned valuable lessons about independence, resilience, and the importance of living in harmony with nature. Her bond with the tree, which she named Luna, grew stronger over time.
After 738 days, Julia descended from Luna and returned to society with a new perspective on life. Her protest was a significant victory for the environmental movement, and she continues to advocate for social and ecological causes.
Julia documented her experience in the book “The Legacy of Luna,” which delves into her time living in the tree and the impact it had on her life.
Julia Butterfly Hill’s extraordinary journey serves as a testament to the power of individual action and the importance of preserving our natural environment.