Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Actress Daryl Hannah and environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill were the keynote speakers at San Diego State University's GreenFest week.
Hannah and Hill hope to inspire students to push for environmental change.
Film star Daryl Hannah is an environmental activist who practices what she preaches.
She lives in a low impact off grid solar home with gray-water systems and organic garden.
Hannah said she and Hill hope to inspire more college students to become environmental activists.
"Just this week there were 10,000 college students in Washington, D.C. learning how to be proactive and engaging our politicians in that conversation and demanding a future that is just, humane and a livable world," said Hannah. "So that's really exciting. Kids are motivated, kids are inspired."
Julia Butterfly Hill climbed 180 feet into the branches of a 1,000-year-old redwood tree in Northern California.
She lived in the tree called "Luna" for more than two years. The tree was permanently protected.
Hill said the experience taught her that great action is also about making daily choices to help the environment.
"If I am going to get coffee in a paper cup with a plastic lid, my choice just said it's OK to cut down a tree for a paper cup, and it's OK to drill for oil to create a plastic lid to go on my paper cup for coffee, that I'm going to throw away," said Hill. "Which means I'm throwing away my planet, I'm throwing away the future. If I want to change the global conversation I have to look at how I'm perpetuating the problem in my daily life and bring my greatness, bring the bigness to those small moments."
Hill said "think globally, act locally" is more than a catchy slogan when people make choices each day to help the environment.