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Environmental Heroes: Graham Hill

by on April 24, 2014

Here we are on April 24 still celebrating Earth Day (#WorldWow) by acknowledging our environmental heroes. Previously, we introduced Michele Grossman. Today, meet Graham Hill—a guy you might know as the founder of TreeHugger and LifeEdited.


Graham Hill’s New York City apartment. Photo by Matthew Williams. Via LifeEdited.

Hill launched TreeHugger in 2004 and LifeEdited in 2011. Both sites are leading the way in educating (and entertaining) readers that want to learn more about sustainability and living well with less.

Like many people, Hill’s personal interactions with nature and the environment influence the work he does. He chatted with Findery about how he got—and stayed—awestruck by natural surroundings.


Gambier Island, British Columbia. By Kyle Pearce. Via Creative Commons.

Findery: Where were you the first time you were truly in awe of nature?

GH: I remember being in awe at the coastal area of British Columbia. [I saw] amazing mountains growing straight out of the ocean—big snowy peaks, wind, waves, giant old growth…I was about 13 and lived near Montreal—we had smaller mountains and no ocean.

Findery: What was it about that sight that really moved you or blew your mind?

GH: Feeling small in the presence of such age-old beauty and power.

Findery: How did this experience stay with you and inform your career?

GH: My exposure to some amazing outdoor areas surely helped direct me toward doing work in the environmental arena—such as TreeHugger and LifeEdited.


Valle del Frances, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile. By Mirko Thiessen. Via Creative Commons.

Findery: What’s one place in the world that you haven’t been that you’re dying to see? Why?

GH: I’d love to see Patagonia and Nepal in person due to their sheer size and remoteness.

Listen to Graham Hill’s TED Talk to learn his three rules for editing your life and finding happiness by using less stuff and taking up less space.

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