“The most potent thing I can do with my life is live by my beliefs,” said actress and activist Daryl Hannah.
If Hannah’s name sounds familiar, that is because it is. Hannah was in several films including "Splash" and "Kill Bill." She has also been on Fox News for her activism particularly regarding the South Central Los Angeles Farm where she was arrested for her refusal to leave the land.
Hannah camped up in a tree on land the government was threatening to take from its tenants and sell for warehouses. In doing so, she started a large activist movement with many farmers and Latin American people that lived on and cultivated the land.
On Tuesday March 15, Hannah was ASLMU’s featured “Green Speaker” on campus speaking about activism in Burns Backcourt to about 75 attendees, including both students and faculty.
Hanna opened with how she came to be an activist starting with the simple step of becoming vegetarian.
She said “I had a mini epiphany.” She was waiting in the car in a parking lot and saw a truck full of calves and when she discovered that they were to be killed and consumed, “I could no longer disassociate what was on my plate from the animal that it was,” she said.
Shortly after college was when her life as an activist began. Hannah said, “When I just got out of college I had been around people who fought for causes they believed in but didn’t live by their beliefs. I try to live my life by my beliefs.”
She began making lifestyle changes to benefit the environment from that moment forth. She stopped running her cars on petroleum and created alternative fuels such as alcohol and grease fuels, she saved an old barn and she put in a gray water system.
She also created a website called dhlovelife.com, “a website that gives people access to goods and services and inspiration. Lovelife[.com] encompassed my ethic; if you love life you will do things that allow you to thrive,” said Hannah.
Her video blog was the second video blog ever on the internet receiving about 40,000 viewers a day.
When Hannah heard about a healthy living and sustainability conference she chose to attend and host her own panel bringing many activists and environmentalists with her.
The conference consisted of mostly major corporations such as General Electric who, “instead of understanding the tenants, they only focused on marketing techniques,” said Hannah.
This was when she, along with the activists she was working with, presented their ideas to the corporations and received a large amount of positive feedback.
This has caused her to become even more proactive in all that she is passionate about within society. Hannah said, “One of the things I think is crucial is the realization that nothing is going to change if we don’t take action. It is important to understand the ramifications of our everyday choices.”
“My first action was to go on Fox News and talk about the fact that we don’t need to be dependant on foreign oil and there are other options,” said Hannah.
Her objective is to get people interested and involved.
Freshman business marketing major Alice Min who attended the speech said, “So many people say that they are environmentally friendly by buying eco-friendly products, but [Hannah] actually takes action and lives an environmentally friendly lifestyle.”
Shannon Stegall, a freshman business major, said, “The fact that she fought so hard to keep the South Central Farm amazes me.”
While the majority of Hannah’s contributions to society have been in regards to environmental conservation, she is currently working on a documentary on human trafficking.
Through these efforts she hopes to bring people to a greater awareness of this problem that is receiving little attention or assistance.
“It is crucial to get out there and share information,” said Hannah, who does just that largely through the media via video blogs, her website, the news, and now her documentary.
To find out more about Hannah and her efforts visit her website www.dhlovelife.com.