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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 ...
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.
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)
Posted July 25, 2004
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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