Green Gold

48 minutes 9.1/10 based on 16 votes

The story of how modern man is slowly exhausting the planet is not a new one. Deserts are advancing, water is becoming scarce, and every twelve years the Earth’s population increases by 1 billion people.

One man has discovered how to make our deserts green and our planet healthy again. It’s John D. Liu a cameraman and ecologist who figured out the solution almost by chance and has dedicated his life to spread the word ever since his discovery. Even though the world has become a more complicated place than it was hundreds of years ago, the solutions to reversing the problems with the ecosystem remain reasonably simple

In 1999, John D. Liu went to China on assignment to film the Loess Plateau restoration project. While working on the project, he saw a large plot of 640,000 Km2— almost the size of the Netherlands— transformed from a desert into a large green oasis. Scientists had discovered that several thousand years of agricultural exploitation and the relentless grazing of animals had led to the loss of vegetation on the hills and valleys. As a result the rainfall no longer seeped into the earth but simply washed down the hillside taking the rich soil with it. This progressively destroyed the region’s fertility. Baffled by these discoveries, Liu decided to make the re-greening of deserts his life’s goal.

With his knowledge of filming, Liu made a movie to record the almost superhuman effort the Chinese people exerted in order to complete this seemingly impossible task. The film was named Hope in a Changing Climate and it was posted on the Internet to ensure worldwide distribution.

Soon governments that were facing a similar situation as depicted in the film, started contacting John D. Liu. This documentary follows Liu into these countries. In Jordan Princess Basma Bint Ali invited him to explore the reasons for the spreading of the barren land. One of the things he discovered immediately was that the excessive grazing was to blame for a lot of the devastation that is visible in what used to be a land ‘flowing with milk and honey’.

Liu now has success stories in many different countries around the world. He has worked in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Jordan and others educating the government and citizens about the steps they need to take in order to protect their ecosystems, see their land restored and eliminate the threat of famine.

The fact that this can be done is good news for all of us. Watch this extraordinary documentary now.

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  • FuckingWannaBes

    Boo Fucking Hoo :C i’m so tired of hearing all these new age “prophets of doom and gloom” you know… it doesn’t take a smart person to predict the OBVIOUS. We live on a planet that isn’t getting any larger.. technology is allowing us to live longer and healthier lives and people keep FUCKING…so.. if you put two and two together it’s pretty plain to see that it’s only a matter of time before we deplete all the resources, and start to die off. :D Simple kindergarten economics people. whats really pathetic is watching a group of people trying to find “meaning” or “purpose” to their own lives with shoving OBVIOUS bulshit down everyone else’s throats. If you haven’t A: “actually” realized your TRUE purpose in life, or B: Are paranoid about the INEVITABLE… then you are truely pathetic and lost.

    • ashish dhamdhere

      you are by far the most dumb person I have come across

    • Michelle Giles

      You OBVIOUSLY didn’t understand anything this documentary was about! Replenishing our resources and replanting barren places with a permaculture design not only benefits people and sustainability, but would greatly improve our planet’s chances of survival by removing carbon from the atmosphere and creating more food. You obviously do not care about the environment or the future of our children for generations to come. If anyone is Pathetic and Lost, it would be YOU!!

    • Tony

      YOU ARE A PATHETIC HUMAN BEING! GO BACK IN YOUR HOLE!

  • kekacaus

    This a beautiful documentary,and does not to anything with Cristianity..below comment is so stupid..thanks for the documentray.

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