ABC is very proud to have the very interesting and inspiring Julia Butterfly, who we just featured a couple of days ago, working with us here in Asheville. So here’s a little more about her, from Circle of Life.
“Through life’s trials and hardships
we arise beautiful and free.”
— Julia Butterfly Hill
Julia Butterfly Hill has been 180 feet, more and less, atop the giant redwood she calls Luna, for 100 days as of March 20th. Near the mud cliffs at the headwaters of the Stafford mudslide that destroyed seven homes, she’s shattered tree-sit records while going where no Earth First! media campaign has gone before—German cable TV, radio talk shows and Arkansas newspapers, even the LA, New York and London Timeses have trespassed up to see her. An outsider to EF! before November, she’s become a skilled interviewee, while striving spiritually even in her words. It took me an hour of rope-slithering to attain her tarp-topped eyrie overlooking the opening Eel River valley and the Pacific coast up to Humboldt Bay. She casually free-climbed into Luna’s canopy above the sit to take down a noisily flapping banner when my guide, an experienced climber, decided not to. I didn’t have to ask many questions. My first one, after we had the fresh sandwiches I brought up, was, “Julia, what are you doing up here?”