John Liu – Restoration Writ Large
Beijing-based filmmaker John Liu proposes that healthy ecosystem function is a superior measure of economic health, in contrast with the rate at which we produce and consume manufactured goods. Showing stunning footage, Liu chronicles the remarkable restoration of China’s denuded Loess Plateau, once the “Garden of Eden” of China. He illustrates how the act of restoring soil fertility restores the hydrological cycle, a process that was radically disrupted by thousands of years of slash-and-burn agriculture and overgrazing. These communities’ intervention not only revitalized the soil, water and air, but also spurred a thriving local economy and higher rates of education.
This speech was presented at the 2011 Bioneers Annual Conference and is part of the Ecological Design, Vol. 1 and Protecting and Restoring Nature, Vol. 1 Collections.