Ecosystem Restoration: “The Great Work of Our Time” with John D. Liu


EcoJustice RadioEcosystem Restoration Camps, founded by filmmaker John D. Liu as his “Great Work of Our Time,” organize communities to regenerate degraded lands and waters on a planetary scale. Carry Kim speaks with John, Ecosystem Ambassador and Founder and Advisory Council Chair of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation.

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The camps movement serves as a model for restoring ecological function while addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time including: poverty, hunger, refugee crises, climate change and the need to create resilient communities. There are now 23 camps spanning six continents, and the movement continues to grow exponentially.

Loess Plateau Restoration, John D. Liu

Home to more than 50 million people, the Loess Plateau in China’s Northwest takes its name from the dry powdery wind-blown soil. Centuries of overuse and overgrazing led to one of the highest erosion rates in the world and widespread poverty. Two projects set out to restore the area, documented and popularized by filmmaker John D. Liu.

John D. Liu is a filmmaker, environmental educator [], and Founder and Advisory Council Chair of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation []. He also serves as Ecosystem Ambassador of the Commonland Foundation []. As a filmmaker in 1995, the World Bank asked John to document the ecological restoration of the Loess Plateau in China. Since learning that it is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, John has devoted his life to understanding and communicating about the potential and responsibility to restore degraded landscapes on a planetary scale.


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Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu

Green Gold: “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.

Interview by Carry Kim
Hosted by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
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