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Florida tree activist chops off hair during City Council meeting to prove point about cutting down trees

Posted at 1:58 PM, Feb 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-09 14:05:50-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Most activists use signs, protests or petitions to make a statement, but sometimes you have to get creative to make a statement. One woman advocating for trees during a Tampa City Council meeting decided to cut straight to the point — literally.

Cinzia Duncan is a tree activist and she wanted to make sure the Tampa City Council understood her point on cutting down trees. So, she grabbed a pair of scissors and chopped off a chunk her own hair.

FULL VIDEO | Woman chops hair during City Council meeting to prove a point

“Well that happened,” she said after cutting her blonde locks. “I can’t undo that.”

While holding the chunk in her hand, Duncan went on to explain that once you cut your hair you can't put it back, it has to grow — just like trees. Trees just take much longer.

“That 50 inch live oak will not grow back in our lifetime, in your lifetime, in your children's lifetime. Probably anyone who's alive today's lifetime," she said. “You can always cut more, you can’t uncut those trees.”

Her shocking display worked. Her proposal was approved after a 6-1 vote by Tampa City Council.