John Dennis Liu is een Chinees-Amerikaanse filmmaker en ecoloog. Hij is onderzoeker bij verschillende instellingen. In januari 2015 werd John benoemd tot Visiting Fellow bij het Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen.
Ecosystem Based Adaptation, - by, John D. Liu, FULL VIDEO, The Great Work Of Our TimeIn this presentation, John D. Liu describes and shows video of his long formative journey starting with the revitalization of the Loess Plateau in China. John later turned this experience into the BBC World Documentary, Hope In A Changing Climate.
This is the Full Video of John D. Liu's presentation, Ecosystem Based Adaptation, The Great Work Of Our Time, that he presented at The Brooklyn Commons in New York on October 21st 2016.
The Loess Plateau was a large, decimated eco-system and with an orchestrated community effort was able to be restored, a feet no one knew was possible before it started. John was transformed by this amazing restoration process and has been able to share it with many other countries such as Ethiopia and Rwanda to help them repeat the success. John is continuing these efforts with the company Commonland which is developing restoration camps around the world.
He talks about all of these experiences and the knowledge he learned from them in this entertaining presentation.
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Healing the Earth | John D. LiuFilmmaker and ecologist John Liu explains – and shows with film fragments – why landscape restoration matters and why it needs urgent implementation. Healthy landscapes provide us with food, water, clean air, a stable climate, biodiversity, good health, security and happiness. However, a quarter of the world’s land mass is seriously degraded from centuries of deforestation, overgrazing, overexploitation, the building of infrastructure and pollution. Wars and migration are consequences of these problems.
John will tell the story of how a degraded area in China, the size of the Netherlands, was successfully restored in a short time. Millennia ago this region was very fertile and lush with vegetation. Over the centuries, the Chinese used up these resources unsustainably while unaware that it was their own actions that eroded a once green landscape into a ‘moon like’ landscape, causing loss of biodiversity, poverty and famine. John Liu shows how it has been possible to restore this large-scale damaged ecosystem in a very short time. The soil was rebuilt, biodiversity came back, while farmers were able to triple their income and hope and inspiration returned to the communities. The farmers, the Chinese government and the financer, the World Bank, were astounded by the success. John Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits for people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally.
The Great Work of Our Time: Healing the Earth
At certain times in human history the generations alive at the time are called upon to perform heroic deeds. Imagine the transition from “Flat Earth” to “Round Earth” or the end of slavery. Today, we face just such a moment. Human progress and possibly human survival depend on our understanding and actions at this time.
Problems like land degradation, biodiversity loss, toxic pollution and climate change affecting everyone have been sublimated for the short-term profit of a few. Human population is growing by one billion people every twelve years. We are aware that the materialistic mainstream culture is corrupt and corrupting, it does not satisfy and is not sustainable. Everyone feels the tension as the violent fringe strikes at the heart of civilization.
Yet for all our problems, the conditions are ripe for humanity to move to a new level of consciousness. If we realize, that knowledge and generosity yield much better outcomes than ignorance and greed, we can work together for mutual benefit. Restoring large-scale degraded landscapes and ecological function is more valuable than everything that has ever been bought and sold. This knowledge is a responsibility. We now have the technology to make the sum of human knowledge available to every human being on the planet simultaneously and instantaneously. We are called to restore the Earth and the Human Spirit. This is the Great Work of our Time.
Documentary Green Gold
In the 2012 VPRO Tegenlicht documentary Green Gold, John Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally. The film takes you to China, Jordan, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Bolivia, and features the PRI’s own Geoff Lawton, who adds impetus and technical know-how to John’s impressive toolbox.
It’s the story of healing landscapes at scale, and, with it, restoring life, livelihoods, security and a future. This documentary is not just a tale of hope, it’s evidence of hope – it’s proof that we do not need to give in to apathy and despair. Instead, we see we have the simple solutions right in front of us. Watch it online at http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/afleveringen/2011-2012/Groen-Goud.html
John D. Liu is a Chinese-American filmmaker and ecologist. Following 15 years as a television news producer and cameraman for CBS News and other international television networks, he made a decision to devote the rest of his life to understanding and communicating about the Earth’s natural ecosystems. He produced many ecological films including: Hope in a Changing Climate, The Great work of Our Time and The Art of Healing the Earth. His films have been shown on BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Central Chinese Television and many other networks around the world. John Liu is Director of the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation and a visiting research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (NIOO/KNAW). More information: commonland.com. John’s published works are mostly available at: https://knaw.academia.edu/JohnDLiu
Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits for people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally.
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John D Liu talks about Allan Savory & Holistic Managementhttp://savory.global | Click here to see famous filmmaker John D. Liu, who made the film Hope in a Changing Climate, talk about his first encounter with Allan Savory and what he learned about Holistic Management. He took a subsequent trip to Australia and saw the work of Tony Lovell and Bruce Ward and was thoroughly convinced at the power of properly managed livestock and regenerative grazing. This interview took place at the Savory Institute International Conference, "Putting Grasslands to Work" in London, UK in Aug 2014.
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Hope in a Changing Climate—John Liu at Geography of HopeIn 2012, John Liu presented his film, Hope in a Changing Climate as part of the Geography of Hope event series in Pt. Reyes, CA. Following the film, Liu gave this presentation, which included video from his travels in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Liu has been documenting how large, decimated ecosystems are being restored in these areas, helping to stabilize the earth's climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality. John Liu is the founder of the Environmental Education Media Project. Visit his website to see the short film, Hope in a Changing World and related media: eempc.org.
Forest Keep Drylands Working - Short Film by John D. LiuThis new short film by John D, Liu was commissioned by the UNCCD and World Bank to look at DRYLAND ISSUES.
In this episode of the What if We Change series, John Liu takes us on a global trip that focuses on drylands, their past function, their present dysfunction through a broadscale loss of forest cover, and its impact on soil loss and on the hydrological cycle. 70% of the world's drylands is now degraded, and effects of climate change are especially prominent in dryland countries. Restoration of these, often vast, areas of land is therefore essential. This film shows there are ways to undo the damage we've inflicted upon our planet. Like the PRESENCE efforts in South Africa's Baviaanskloof: a transdisciplinary initiative centered on guiding ecosystem management and restoration.
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This film was included in the programme for GROW LOCAL LIVE!, a 24 hour International Permaculture Day webcast on SUNDAY 5TH MAY. The programme covered events, reports and interviews from the global permaculture community and featured leading permaculture designers and bioneers such as John D.Liu, Geoff Lawton, Satish Kumar, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Polly Higgins, Charles Eisenstein and Vandana Shiva. All contributions can be viewed on the Grow Local Live! website: http://www.live.permacultureday.org.
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The Great Work of Our Time by John D LiuJohn D Liu shows what is possible for Earth restoration on a massive scale, delivering a message hope and inspiration.
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We are experiencing the end of an era as a new era in human civilization is beginning. It is a time of great risk but also a time of great potential.
We now know that it is possible to restore large-scale damaged ecosystems. It is possible to sequester carbon and re-regulate the hydrological system. It is possible to restore natural fertility and to remove toxicity from contaminated soils and water.
We are required to do this so that future generations will live in peace and abundance. For humanity to further evolve it is necessary to transition from a society dedicated to consumption to a society dedicated to ecological function.
Although sometimes obscured by the collapse of the old order this heralds a time of full employment, equality, purpose and fulfillment.
This is THE GREAT WORK OF OUR TIME and we are called to understand and participate in it.
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#9 What if we change - A Line in the Sand by John. D. LiuIn Alashan, a remote region of grassland or steppe in the Mongolian Autonomous Region of China, the desert is growing by 1000 square kilometers per year. Fifty years ago there were 50 springs in the area, three rivers and 800 small lakes.
Today, sand dunes roll across the plain and the springs, rivers and most of the lakes are gone. This Earth Report film travels to Alashan to find out what has gone so drastically wrong over so short a time, and to see what the Chinese authorities and development agencies are doing to draw a line in the sand.
#4 What if we change - Women of the Gobi by John D. LiuOver time a traditional way of life based on semi-nomadic herding; well suited to the arid environment evolved here. This way of life has continued to the present and for many people in the Gobi remains the basis of their social and economic lives. Since the collapse of communism, the people of the Gobi have had to be more self-reliant and the women have emerged as leaders of new communities called Nukhaluls. The communities' accomplishments are inspiring others, spreading a grass roots democratic movement that is pioneering people-centered conservation, helping to ensure a sustainable future for the land and the people and empowering women to replace failed state social services.
What if we change - documentary on ecosystem restorationAll across the world, people are making efforts to restore and protect the ecosystem they are part of. Video reporters of the initiative What if we change followed the work of local communities and organizations in India, Bolivia, Mali and Bonaire for two years. This documentary is compiled from over 1000 video stories they produced for the interactive platform whatifwechange.org. It shows both the challenges AND the solutions when it comes to offering nearly 7 billion people a healthy life on earth.
Environmental filmmaker John D. Liu offers reflections on the benefits of ecosystem restoration for people and planet.
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This project was initiated by the Dutch committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN NL). The project has been made possible through the generous support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
#17 What if we change - Land For Life by John D. LiuAmong The goals of the Land for Life Award are to recognize excellence and innovation in sustainable land management, inspire leadership for the restoration of soils' natural health and the transformation of degraded land, raise awareness of the global benefits of soil generation and preservation and to reward sustainable land management efforts that foster gender equality, cultural diversity and social inclusion. This film highlights the hard work and dedication of the 2012 Land For Life winners in Uganda, Turkey, and Haiti.