Rehabilitating Damaged Ecosystems

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Videos & Films


John Chester (Laurie David, Erica Messer, and Sandra Keats). “Biggest Little Farm.” 2018 
An award-winning documentary about the 8-year journey of John and Molly Chester who transformed 200 acres of degraded farmland into a thriving sustainable farm called Apricot Lane Farm located in Moorpark, California, near Los Angeles.

John D. Liu. “Green Gold.” 2012 
A 47-minute video demonstrating the rehabilitation of large-scale damaged ecosystems in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, and the enormous benefits for people and planet.

John D Liu. “Hope in a Changing Climate.” 2013 
A 30-minute video demonstrating the successful restoration of degraded landscapes in China’s Loess Plateau, Rwanda, and Ethiopia to restore soil health, water security, and ecosystems.

Advocacy & Educational NGOs


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Judith D. Schwartz. Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World. New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2016 
This essential book highlights the importance of looking at water through the lens of Earth’s natural and farming ecosystems. The movement of water is dependent upon the health of our land and climate. By repairing Earth’s natural ecosystems and landscapes, we repair the water cycle and move to reduce effects of climate change.

Journal Articles


Schwartz. Soil as Carbon Storehouse: New Weapon in Climate Fight? Yale Environment 360. March 4, 2014 
Earth’s soils have lost 50 to 70 percent of their original carbon stock, causing a huge increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Soil scientists find land-restoration programs in places like the North American prairie, the North China plain, and the desert interior of Australia can help put carbon back into the soil. Doing so is vital to offset fossil fuel emissions and to feed the world’s growing human population.