One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions that Change our World

One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions that Change our World

by Julia Hill, Jessica Hurley
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
03/28/2002
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
697,506
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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