What if We Change

Forest Keep Drylands Working – Short Film by John D. Liu


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In this episode of the What if We Change series, John Liu takes us on a global trip that focuses on drylands, their past function, their present dysfunction through a broadscale loss of forest cover, and its impact on soil loss and on the hydrological cycle. 70% of the world’s drylands is now degraded, and effects of climate change are especially prominent in dryland countries. Restoration of these, often vast, areas of land is therefore essential. This film shows there are ways to undo the damage we’ve inflicted upon our planet. Like the PRESENCE efforts in South Africa’s Baviaanskloof: a transdisciplinary initiative centered on guiding ecosystem management and restoration.

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Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP)

This film was included in the programme for GROW LOCAL LIVE!, a 24 hour International Permaculture Day webcast on SUNDAY 5TH MAY. The programme covered events, reports and interviews from the global permaculture community and featured leading permaculture designers and bioneers such as John D.Liu, Geoff Lawton, Satish Kumar, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Polly Higgins, Charles Eisenstein and Vandana Shiva. All contributions can be viewed on the Grow Local Live! website: http://www.live.permacultureday.org.