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Saturday, August 6 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Overcoming Obstacles: Transforming Fear into Courage - Julia Butterfly and Xiuhtezcatl

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In our world and our lives today, we face many obstacles. Yet the greatest obstacle of all is how we choose to think and respond to them. In this session join Julia and Xiuhtezcatl and we will explore how to transform fear into courage, anger into fierce compassion, and overwhelm into action.

For 738 days Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree, called Luna, to help make the world aware of the plight of ancient forests. Her courageous act of civil disobedience gained international attention for the redwoods as well as other environmental and social justice issues and is chronicled in her book The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods. Julia, with the great help of steelworkers and environmentalists, successfully negotiated to permanently protect the 1,000 year-old tree and a nearly three- acre buffer zone. Her two-year vigil informed the public that only 3% of the ancient redwood forests remain and that the Headwaters Forest Agreement, brokered by state and federal agencies and Pacific Lumber/Maxxam Corporation, will not adequately protect forests and species. On December 18, 1999 Julia Butterfly Hill, then 26, came down to a world that recognized her as a heroine and powerful voice for the environment. Her courage, commitment and profound clarity in articulating a message of hope, empowerment, and love and respect for all life has inspired millions of people worldwide.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 15-year-old indigenous change agent, environmental actvist, public speaker, eco hip-hop artist and the Youth Director of Earth Guardians. He is a powerful voice on the front lines of the youth-led climate movement. Xiuhtezcatl performs internationally at music festivals, organizes demonstrations, and has spoken at over 100 high-impact rallies, events and conferences around th globe. He and his brother Itzcuahtli, regualarly give school presentations to ignite and inspire youth to step up as leaders and take action on behalf of the planet.


Saturday August 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
7 - Workshop Tent