14:30 - John D. Liu - China

Grow Local Live! Interview

Entrevista traducida al Español

John Liu - Ecosystem Restoration Researcher & Environmental Filmmaker

For the past 15 years, Chinese-American John D. Liu has concentrated on ecological film making and has written, produced and directed films on grasslands, deserts, wetlands, oceans, rivers, urban development, atmosphere, forests, endangered animals and other topics primarily for Earth Report and Life Series on the BBC World. In 2003, John wrote, produced and directed "Jane Goodall - China Diary" for National Geographic.

Since 1997, John has directed the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP). John was also the driving force in the creation and development of the "China Environment and Sustainable Development Reference and Research Center" (CESDRRC), the China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN) and the Environmental Education Media Project (Mongolia).

In 2012, he co-founded the What If We Change media project.

More information:

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. 

Forest Keep Drylands Working - Short Film by John D. Liu

This 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.

In depth Interview with John D. Liu (Parts 1 & 2)
By Rhamis Kent
for Internatiomal Permaculture Day

Part 1

Part 2


The Healing of the Earth

Feb 2015 seminar in the Netherlands

Vídeo de YouTube

Using excerpts from his films, Liu talks about his life's work of convincing the world that ecosystems damaged by human activity can in fact be repaired by human activity. Why, Liu asks, aren't more students, academics and others embracing 'the great work of our time'?