Hall Coalition in the News
Hill urges individual activism
(Press Democrat, 3/28/02)
by the world's problems? Start with something small -- say turning
off lights or eschewing disposable containers, suggests activist
Julia Butterfly Hill.
2-year protest atop a 1,000-year-old Humboldt County redwood
notwithstanding, Hill says even the smallest of actions can
have an impact.
to about 150 people Wednesday night in Sebastopol, Hill also
encouraged her audience to find courage for larger acts, the
kinds that change the course of a community.
told tales of a 5-year-old Alaskan girl who stood in the road
to stop logging trucks; a 15-year-old Ohio teen-ager who blocked
construction of an oil pipeline; a 53-year-old grandmother who
sat in an Arkansas tree despite a fear of heights.
and every one of you are powerful beyond your wildest dreams,"
Hill said, after mapping her own life to activism in the tree
she called Luna.
who has written a book and gone on the speaking circuit since
her headline-making protest, appeared at the Sebastopol Veteran's
Building for a benefit for a youth conference sponsored by the
Occidental-based Town Hall Coalition that will be held April
called on "youth and the youthful" to recognize the
interconnectedness of the environment, social and economic justice
and to act on it.
concluded, in part, with a Turkish proverb: "No matter
how far you've gone down the wrong road, turn around."
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