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Environmental activist to speak at Ohio Northern University

Apr 1, 2010

Note: Time changed to 8:30 p.m.

Ohio Northern University will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a presentation from activist and environmentalist Julia “Butterfly” Hill in the ONU English Chapel on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hill, a best-selling author and co-founder of the Circle of Life Foundation, will discuss her role as an environmental activist and the challenges she has faced for more than a decade. She is best known for living in a 1,000-year-old redwood tree for 738 days (from December 1997 to December 1999) to prevent it from being harvested by a local lumber company. She detailed her account in her book “The Legacy of Luna” and has co-authored “One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions That Change Our World.”

Hill is one of the most internationally recognizable figures in environmental activism. In 1999, she founded the nonprofit organization Circle of Life to promote the sustainability, restoration and preservation of all life. She helped launch and continues to support the Engage Network, What’s Your Tree and the Women’s Earth Alliance. Her life story is currently being developed as a dramatic feature film.

The event is sponsored by The Committee on the Arts and Special Events (CASE), Phi Beta Delta-The Honor Society for International Scholars, the Department of History, Politics, & Justice, the Department of Biology and Allied Health Sciences, ONU Philosophy Club and the ONE-Ohio Northern Environmentalists.