The Power Of One: Making Choices For A Better World with Julia Butterfly Hill

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Sitting in a Redwood tree for more than two years, enduring the worst winter recorded in California history, having her life threatened, being ridiculed, misunderstood, and broken on every level, all for the love of a forest, speaks volumes about the courage of Julia Butterfly Hill. In this moving dialogue, Julia speaks about her heart wrenching experiences in the redwood tree she named Luna, and the work she has been doing since she ended her tree sit. Julia continues to speak out for the Earth, and acknowledges how easily we can become overwhelmed by the problems of the world. She shares the story of how she overcame her own feelings of powerlessness by choosing to do something that she knew she could do - climb trees, a simple choice followed by an action, which continues to have a rippling effect throughout the world. "When we look at the bigger picture it is easy to get overwhelmed, but when we look at how many simple things can have such a profound impact, we realize our power as individuals." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Julia Butterfly Hill is a writer, poet and an activist. She is the founder of the Circle of Life Foundation.

She is the author of:

  • A Legacy of Luna (HarperSanFranciso 2000)
  • One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions That Change Our World (HarperSanFrancisco 2002)

To learn more about the work of Julia Butterfly Hill go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How you can find the power to make a difference in the world
  • What simple choices you can make each day to help the Earth
  • Why our in-actions and non-choices are part of the injustice in the world
  • How the U.S. government is using the events of 9/11 to quiet the voices of dissent
  • How Julia learned the ancient Buddhist practice of Tonglen from Luna

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 5/14/2002       Program Number: 2942

Music Included

From Album: Spirit of the Forest
Artist: Baka Beyond
1993 HNCD 1377
Track 02: The Man Who Danced Too Slowly

From Album: Music of Waters
Artist: Peter Maund
2002 BAR 11-11

From Album: Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Soundtrack
Norman Blake
2001 Bright Angel Records
You are My Sunshine

From: World Trade Center, All Star Tribute
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