A major project is restoring fertility and hope to China’s Loess Plateau, until recently one of the poorest regions of the country. Centuries of continuous agriculture have removed the trees and leaving land vulnerable to erosion from wind and rain. An area the size of Belgium, its once fertile soils have been washed away, leaving a blighted land scarred with deep ravines – and farmers scarcely able to make a living.
What if we change – Hope in a Changing Climate by John D. Liu
According to soil scientist John D. Liu of the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), it’s a story repeated all over the world. For 15 years John has been following a remarkable project to replant trees and stabilize the soils of the Loess Plateau. Once bare hillsides are now cloaked with green forest and productive fields. Hope in a Changing Climate follows John on a journey from China to Africa to find out how the lessons learnt about the Loess Plateau could help restore degraded lands around the world. (29:25)
Hope in a Changing Climate—John Liu at Geography of Hope
In 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. (57:56)