Julia “Butterfly” Hill

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Julia Lorraine Hill (1974-) is an environmentalist and activist who decided to live in a tree for more than 2 years as an act of civil disobedience to prevent the clearcutting of ecologically significant forests. At first, she did not know how to do something about this matter, until one day she was told one way to support her idea could be climbing up a tree. Her purpose, then, was to climb a tree up and stay there for just a month. However, she ended up spending 738 days on a 1,000-year-old redwood tree in California that she named Luna. This broke the world’s record for tree sitting. 

Julia wrote a book called “The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save The Redwoods” in 2000 in which she narrates her experience in tree-sitting. 


In 1999 Julia co-founded the Circle of Life Foundation (CILF), which purpose was to try to transform human interactions with nature. As it says on its website: “Circle of Life activates people through education, inspiration and connection to live in a way that honours the diversity and interdependence of all life”.