Hope in a Changing Climate

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This film and its companion  Lessons of the Loess Plateau  were selected by Cinzia Fissore, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

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Success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda and China prove that bringing large, decimated areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and the results are key to stabilizing the earth’s climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality.

The documentary, filmed in China, Rwanda and Ethiopia 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.

In 1995 the Chinese Government, with support from The World Bank, took drastic action to rehabilitate the loess plateau, and local people – seen as both perpetuators and victims of the devastation – became part of the solution. this degraded ecosystem of more than 35,000 square km of land now teems with life and supports the sustainable economic, social and agricultural activities of its people.

The second half (15 minutes) of the documentary shows the dramatic impact of smaller projects in Ethiopia and Rwanda. Once the scene of devastating droughts in 1984, Ethiopia has used the same approach as that in China to begin bringing areas of arid land back to productivity and ecological balance. In Rwanda, where ecological degradation from over-farming of wetland areas saw the near failure of the country’s hydroelectricity supply, the Government has undertaken a similar project and seen vast improvements.     -- adapted from www.weadapt.org


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Main credits

Bristow, Jeremy (film director)
Bristow, Jeremy (film producer)
Heren, Louise (film producer)
Liu, John D. (presenter)

Other credits

Photography, Sam Gracey, Curtis Rodda; film editor, Sue Outlaw; composer, Al Lethbridge.

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Distributor subjects

African Studies
Asian Studies
Bioregions and Habitat
Climate Change
Conservation Biology
Environmental Anthropology
Environmental Design
Environmental Education
Environmental Gegraphy
Environmental Health
Environmental History
Environmental Justice
Environmental Planning
Environmental Policy
Global Isues
Grasslands and Prairies
Habitat Loss
Indigenous Studies
Public Health


"Hope in a Changing Climate", "Lessons from the Loess Plateau" whatifwechange.org, China, Yellow River, Loess Plateau, ecosystem restoration, John D. Liu, mudlslides, droughts, famine, poverty, overgrazing, Ethiopia, flash floods, subsistence farming, indigenous flora, Abraha Atsebaha, restoration, Rwanda, Kigali , living soil, carbon sequestration, Global Environmental Justice Documentaries Collection. ; "Hope in a Changing Climate "; Global Environmental Justice

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