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Our Response to the Climate Emergency

February 1-10, 2020

John D. Liu

Filmmaker, Ecologist, Founder of Ecosystem Restoration Camps
John D. Liu

John shares with us his deep and inspiring sense of commitment towards the regeneration of the Earth's ecosystems. His knowledge, experience and awe, combined with his vision for a planetary movement of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, brings a strong focus onto the very needed practical approach towards regeneration, sustainability, and happiness.

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  • Introduction
  • Despair and hope
  • How awe and a deep, practical understanding of our ecosystems can guide our actions
  • Happiness as a goal and 'Ecosystem Restoration Camps' as a key
  • Planetary skillset, impact, and responsibility
  • Ecosystem functions as the new value in our economy
  • Restoring all degraded lands on Earth with joy
John D. Liu

John D. Liu is an ecologist, produces award-winning documentaries and is the founder of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, a grassroots movement to regenerate degraded lands worldwide. He is the founder and director of the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) which produces environmental films around the world. John made the documentaries Green Gold, a Prix Italia award winner, and Hope in a Changing Climate, named the best ecosystem film at the International Wildlife Film Festival.


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Ecosystem Restoration Camps Website

Ecosystem Restoration Camp Altiplano Facebook Page

John Liu's Archive: films, papers, presentations, press reports...

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  • This is so inspiring and yes IF THE PEOPLE ARE THE PROBLEM THEN THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE THE SOLUTION. Working to solve any problem without including those that created the problem in the first place is a waste of time and resources. The people who created the problem should champion the change, that is the only way we shall eliminate problem recurring…
    Join the movement of to restore degraded lands and ecosystems all over the world. One village at a time makes a whole difference!

  • roberto hinestrosa

    Thank John, it is wonderfull to hear you,
    you share this original and fresh points of view,


  • Alice Güntert

    Three weeks ago swiss TV ran a documentary film over the World Economic Forum in Davos “we are in midst of change that force us to reflect over our very existence”(translated) were the closing words of Klaus Schwab. I signed up for the NewsReleases of that Summit and received a list of names of the Board of Trustees of the WEF There are alot of financial experts on that board. To catapult awareness of the need to restore ecological functions with land restoration could you consider evolving a currency based on the average biodiversity of 1 Aare permaculture cared for landscape? I bet the people at WEF would be enthusiastic to help

  • I like the idea that eco villages should have at least one eco-restoration camp that would both restore its own bioregion and teach others to do likewise.

  • Thanks John for pointing out that we really don’t have a choice. That we urgently need to create a new reality. That all those who want a better reality have to get much better forused, organized and collaborative etc

  • Gerald Anderson

    After attending a permaculture convergence near portland I concluded that permaculturists have far more hope for suburban areas than rural. This may be disappointing to some of us struggling in rural areas. They do have the advantage of community. I would like people to consider the design limitations of populated areas over the freedom of wide open spaces. We are designing 60 acres in NW Arkansas and are lonely and very needy . Our land is hilly and wooded. We are trying to improve the diversity with swales, ponds, nurse plants, domestic animals, fish, fruit trees and berries. A temperate food forest jungle. We are building cabins, and capground Our hope is our design efforts will be passed on to a younger community of permaculture enthusiasts.

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