Steward of God's Creation Award

The Steward of God�s Creation award is bestowed to those individuals who exhibit courage and commitment in the caring and keeping of the earth in a heroic, distinguished and effective manner. Awardees are determined by a vote of religious leaders and bestowed at a public event, normally the National Prayer Breakfast for Creation Care, which is sponsored annually by a coalition of religious organizations and affiliates.

   

Julia “Butterfly” Hill
Garberville, California
Julia Butterfly Hill In December, 1997, Julia Hill ascended a 1,000-year-old redwood tree in rural Humboldt county in Northern California. Her purpose was to protect it from logging by Pacific Lumber Company.

For over two years she lived atop that tree, despite continued harassment and insults by loggers, inclemencies and extremities of weather, including frostbite and gale force winds, in order to save a giant ancient redwood tree from the logger’s chainsaw. In saving this tree, which she named “Luna,” she demonstrated a love for God’s creation and a commitment to saving the last remnants of intact old growth forests. At the same time she galvanized the imagination of countless others to sacrifice their time and energy and resources for the protection of native forests. 

For her sacrifice and courage in defending the need to save the world’s last remaining old growth forests, for her example of selfless service in upholding the need to preserve creation’s integrity, A 2000 Steward of the Forest award was presented to Julia in Berkeley, California at the first stop on her national book signing tour.

 

LIST OF RECIPIENTS

1999
Vincent Rossi
Chad Hanson

2000

Dr. Bob Marshall
Rev. Owen Owens
Julia "Butterfly" Hill
Jim Davidson
Dr. Robert Jonas

2001

Chief Michael Dombeck
Dr. Barak Gale

2002

Hume Davenport
Ann Alexander

2003

Rep. Cynthia McKinney

2004

Connie Hanson
Fr. Jacek Orzechowski

2005

Rev. Peter Moore-Kochlacs

 

 

 

2006

Allen Johnson

2007

Rabbi Warren Stone
Thomas Herschelmen

2008

Carlos Agnesi
Fred Krueger

2009

Dr. Calvin DeWitt

2010

Dr. James Hansen

2011

Lisa Jackson

2012

Wendell Berry
Dr. Tom English
Dr. Lise Van Susteren

2013

Bill McKibben
Larry Gibson