Julia Butterfly Hill

Seventeen years ago, Julia Butterfly Hill was a young courageous activist protesting the clear-cutting of old growth forests by living on a plywood platform 180 feet high in a redwood tree for two years.

From her perch via cell phone, she electrified the Bioneers audience as she described life in the canopy and reflected on her experience as a 25 -year old activist.

The next year after Julia descended Luna and keynoted in person, she saw a need to expand the presence of youth at Bioneers and organized an impromptu session on the lawn with about 30 young people. This was the genesis of the Youth Leadership Program. Julia challenged and inspired Bioneers to bring more youth to the conference and helped get theYouth Leadership Program off the ground. She recently recorded this video message.

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