Permaculture all photos © 2015 Kosima Weber Liu (EEMP) unless otherwise stated
Award winning filmmaker, John D. Liu, describes how earth restoration can help us grow a collective consciousness that will ensure our future, and the practical steps we can take to do this of Our Time... our species’ efforts to mitigate and adapt to human induced climate change. Imagine what we could do if we engaged people worldwide in restoring the Earth’s ecological function? If we paid people who badly need the work, like the homeless or refugees, to grow soils and replant denuded hillsides. There is a role to play for everyone on the Earth in ensuring the survival and sustainability of human civilization.
As I begin to write this, I’m in Egypt to participate in a regional forum organised by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). I’ve arrived from Ghana, where we started the documentation of the first Forest Stewardship Council certified plantation forest in West Africa, together with colleagues from the COMMONLAND Foundation, the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP)
and FORM Ghana. I’m really happy to be writing to you and hopefully this will be the first of many essays that will live on these pages. As they say here in Egypt: “Insha’Allah” or “by the Grace of God”.
Above: John Liu with a local water expert on the Loess Plateau, China, 15 years after restoration began (left). John Liu and crew filming the Loess Plateau’s restoration (right).