95th ESA Annual Meeting (August 1 -- 6, 2010)

SS 13 - Hope in a Changing Climate

Monday, August 2, 2010: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
317-318, David L Lawrence Convention Center
Lisa LaCivita
Hope in a Changing Climate is a new documentary film that demonstrates that it is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, to restore ecosystem functions in areas where they have been lost, to fundamentally improve the lives of people who have been trapped in poverty for generations, and to sequester carbon naturally. This approach has been dramatically proven on the Loess Plateau in China, the highland area spanning some 640,000 square km in north central China. It is the birthplace of the Han Chinese, headwaters of The Yellow River and home to a new environmental and economic paradigm for the world to follow — an example which has resulted in the restoration of more than 5,790 sq. miles of land on the Plateau in a decade. “Hope in a Changing Climate” is the latest documentary produced by the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), an organization dedicated to placing ecosystem restoration at the center of the global discussions on climate change, poverty, and sustainable agriculture. Shot in stunning HD on location in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda, the film features a diverse collection of interviews, from world leaders such as president of Rwanda Paul Kagame, to local people telling their own stories. “Hope in a Changing Climate” is directed by Jeremy Bristow, producer of the award-winning BBC documentaries featuring Sir David Attenborough. The film is presented by John D. Liu, an environmental filmmaker and ecological field researcher who has produced and directed documentaries for CBS, National Geographic and the BBC.
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