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Best-Selling Author, International Environmentalist Speaking at OWU


April 6, 2005

[ Julia Headshot ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Internationally renowned environmentalist and best-selling author Julia Butterfly Hill will bring the "We the Planet Tour" to Ohio Wesleyan University on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

Environmental Studies Board, Tree House, Chaplain's Office, Student Activities Office, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and the Departments of Environmental Studies, Geology/Geography, and the Arneson Institute are sponsoring the tour's stop at Ohio Wesleyan.

Hill may be best known for spending 738 days in the branches of a 1000-year-old redwood tree to protest the environmental destruction caused by the clear-cutting of ancient redwoods in late '90s. Her actions led to the tree, nicknamed Luna, receiving permanent protection and a three-mile buffer zone.

Hill wrote about her accounts in The Legacy of Luna, published in 2000, which became a national best-seller and will become a major motion picture to be released later this year. She teamed up with Jessica Hurley on One Makes The Difference, published in 2002. Hill also released a compact disc, Spiritual Activation, in 2002.

The daughter of an itinerant preacher, Hill received numerous awards and honors for her efforts in Northern California. After the event, Hill became one of the "Ten Most Fascinating People in Politics" according to George, Good Housekeeping readers nominated her as one of the "Most Admired Women" in 1998 and she was featured in People's "Most Intriguing People of the Year."

Hill continues to make a difference, having founded the non-profit Circle of Life to promote the sustainability, restoration and preservation of life. She is also the founder of We The Planet, a programmatic project of Circle of Life. Hill speaks regularly on university campuses, has addressed the United Nations, addressed congress and continued to stand on the front lines of environmental and social justice issues all over the world.