One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions that Change our World

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After her record-breaking two year tree sit, Julia Butterfly Hill has ceaslessly continued her efforts to promote sustainability and ecologically-minded ways to save the old-growth redwoods she acted so valiantly to protect. Here she provides her many young fans with what they yearn for most -- her advice on how to promote change and improve the health of the planet, distilled into an essential handbook. This book will be accessible to school-aged children, while accomodating the audience of parents and teachers ...

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Overview

After her record-breaking two year tree sit, Julia Butterfly Hill has ceaslessly continued her efforts to promote sustainability and ecologically-minded ways to save the old-growth redwoods she acted so valiantly to protect. Here she provides her many young fans with what they yearn for most -- her advice on how to promote change and improve the health of the planet, distilled into an essential handbook. This book will be accessible to school-aged children, while accomodating the audience of parents and teachers who look to Julia as an example of how one person can "change the world." Packed with a variety of charts, diagrams, and interesting factoids, the book will be broken down into a series of steps and easy-to-follow lessons. It will be written broadly so as to accommodate all kinds of activism, though its core focus will be on environmental issues.

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The activist who inspired so many by living in the redwood she named Luna offers ideas for saving the planet that can be followed by anyone, young or old. Interspersed with boxes and sidebars containing conservation facts and stories of ordinary people who have made a difference, this guidebook shows how simple choices, such as buying "green products" like organic or locally grown food and hemp clothing have more of an impact that you might imagine.
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. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062517562
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 984,500
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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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In our world in which our water, air, and land are so sadly poisoned; where global warming is more than a threat, it is a killer; and species are disappearing forever at the rate of 200 a day, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Is Earth Day going to continue being a day where huge corporations pump money into celebrations in order to look "green" while people show up for their day of self-congratulation and leave with trash overflowing out of barrels onto the ground? Or is Earth Day going to be our foundation from which we build a truly healthy world where the statement "Every day is Earth Day," is more than just a sound bite for media, but instead a reality for which we hold all of us accountable -- governments, corporations, consumers, and ourselves?

Valentine's Day is a day where we set aside special time to honor the ones we love. Is this the only day we show appreciation to those we care about? I certainly hope not. I do not believe so. The same it must become for Earth Day if indeed we truly love each other and the future generations who will inherit whatever is left of the Earth we leave behind. There are many important groups working toward this common vision of a truly healthy, sustainable, beautiful world in which all of life in all of its forms is respected and protected.

When people say to me "Thank you Julia, for showing that one person CAN indeed make a difference." I always reply, "Thank you, but my work is to show that Each and Every one of us DOES make the difference. Every single thing we do and say, and I believe, even our thoughts affect the world. If we choose to do nothing in a situation, this has an impact on the world. Every single moment there is a choice, and every choice has an impact. We are all powerful beings beyond our wildest imaginations. So the KIND of difference we CAN make is up to us!"

Take your finger and point it at any daily action. Then look to the three fingers pointing back as power, responsibility, and Love. Realize that you have the power of choice in every moment and every action. When we feel we do not have a choice that is our fear or attachment to comfortableness talking. Choose instead out of Love. When we choose from Love, responsibility no longer seems to be a chore or a matter of judgment, instead it becomes our Joy in our ability to respond to any situation from a place of consciousness.

We as a people have the ability and technology to begin doing things so much better than we currently are. The hope, though, lies in our hearts and spirits. We have the minds and skills; the question is, "Do we have the compassion and the courage?" I believe that we as a people do have the capacity to care, and the hope comes in our joining together to share our collective skills -- in mind, body, heart, and spirit. (Julia Butterfly Hill)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    Help Wanted: People to save the Earth

    This is a must read for anyone that is concerned with the environmental state of our planet. It has inspired me to take action. I see now the impact we as humans have, and it is not a positive one. We can change that, however, and this book takes you step by step into getting active. I am so glad I bought this book. It has truly changed the way I live my life.

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