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The Julia Butterfly Show (english)
04 Oct 2003
Modified: 06 Oct 2003
Julia "Butterfly" Hill - what has she become?
If your a blissed-out hippie looking for easy answers then the "We The Planet" tour is for you. Serious environmentalists, on the other hand,might want to pass if they don't want to gag on the sappy sweet patronizing of Julia "Butterfly" Hill.
Sporting a huge crystal butterfly pendant, Ms. Hill takes to the stage with all the charm of a faith healer while offering a message that's little better - and not without asking for donations. Still living off the fame her ill-fate tree-sit has afforded her, Julia knows what her adoring fans want to hear and she does not fail to deliver her message of green consumerism.
On the table outside of the auditorium where she speaks is all of her merchandise on sale; books, clothing, a video or two, water bottles, coffee cups, etc. Further outside is her tour bus which, even if powered by vegetable oil, is still an unsustainable creation that was undoubtedly manufactured by means of toxic processes. If everyone bought her junk and and traveled around in a tour bus they would very likely be living unsustainable lives. If everyone used vegetable for fuel we'd probably need to double the amount of farmland and soil erosion would be an even greater problem. And this green consumerism is what she's offering up as a ideal! She doesn't seem to understand the nature of consumerism. Asking consumers to consume less is like asking an alcoholic to only drink a little. Does she really recognize the gravity of biocide that is resulting from mass consumer culture? If she does why doesn't she use her media attention to ask for more than the minimum effort?
This isn't to say that her position is entirely misguided, but these days she doesn't even invoke the spirit of Gandhi - and she certainly hasn't' evolved past his oversimplified idealism. In fact, she seems to have regressed back to the showy evangelical religosity of her youth. She also seems to have forgotten about her life-changing car accident as she travels around the country in that hulking bus. How would she feel if it hit someone?
I mean really, am I the only one who has noticed these things and am I entirely out of line for pointing them out and asking questions?
See also:
www.eces.org
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NEVER heard of Ms. Butterfly... (english)
06 Oct 2003
Why listen to a chick traveling around in a bus? Why don't everyone do what they believe is right? For the earth, environment and themselves?
Forget following. Be the leader!