Distributor:  Global Environmental Justice
Length:  50 minutes
Date:  2007
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Mandarin; English / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available

Curator

Cinzia Fissore, Associate Professor of Environmental Science Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

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Lessons of the Loess Plateau

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Documents a remarkable paradigm shift: the rebirth of a self-sustaining ecosystem in the dry and remote Loess Plateau region of China.

Lessons of the Loess Plateau

Curator
This film and its companion Hope in a Changing Climate  were selected by Cinzia Fissore, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

Teacher's guide
A teaching guide is in progress. The guide will include background and suggested subjects, questions and activities and a discussion of the environmental justice focus of this film. 

Synopsis 

The Loess Plateau in north-central China is a large, hilly, semi-arid region roughly the size of Afghanistan. Thousands of years of farming, which intensified during the Cultural Revolution, left the former grasslands degraded and eroded. Food production was down, waterways filled with silt and air in faraway cities suffered from sandstorms born on the Loess Plateau. The fact that the local population had reached some 50 million people made the problems worse. Something had to be done. A massive project, funded by China's government with support from the World Bank hired local villagers to restore the ecosystem of the Loess Plateau in an area the size of Belgium, transforming the land and improving community health. Kathleen Buckingham  Beyond Trees: Restoration lessons from China's Loess Plateau.

"Woefully under-publicized, the $500 million enterprise transformed an area of 35,000 square kilometers on the Loess Plateau — roughly the area of Belgium — from dusty wasteland to a verdant agricultural center. The result of careful terracing, replanting of native vegetation and restrictions on grazing, the rejuvenated land now supports a thriving local agricultural economy. Even better, the new vegetation reduces flooding and dust storms by anchoring the region’s soil and is becoming a large carbon sink. ” -- Paul Mozur, NY Times 9 Dec 2009

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Woefully under-publicized, the $500 million enterprise transformed an area of 35,000 square kilometers on the Loess Plateau — roughly the area of Belgium — from dusty wasteland to a verdant agricultural center. The result of careful terracing, replanting of native vegetation and restrictions on grazing, the rejuvenated land now supports a thriving local agricultural economy. Even better, the new vegetation reduces flooding and dust storms by anchoring the region’s soil and is becoming a large carbon sink. Paul Mozur, NY Times 9 Dec 2009

Citation

Main credits

Liu, John D. (film director)
Liu, John D. (film producer)
Liu, John D. (screenwriter)
Liu, John D. (presenter)
Liu, John D. (director of photography)

Other credits

Camera: John D. Liu [and 4 others]; music: John Thompson, Shaanxi Folk Singers, Hojiagou Wedding musicians; editors: Peta Khan [and 3 others].


Distributor credits

John D. Liu

John D. Liu

Docuseek2 subjects

Environmental Justice
Asian Studies
History
Geography
Water
Environmental Health
Environmental Science
Sustainability
Bioregions and Habitat
Asia
Climate Change
Agriculture and Food
Agriculture Sector
Human Rights
Forestry
Farming
Food
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Global / International Studies
Biodiversity
Conservation and Protection
Environmentalists
Resource Planning and Management
Ecology
Family Issues
East Asia
Habitat Restoration
Environmental Geography

Distributor subjects

Agribusiness
Asian Studies
Bioregions and Habitat
China
Conservation Biology
Cultural Anthropology
Economics
Ecosystems
Farming
Sustainability

Keywords

China, Ecosystems, Environment, Loess Plateau, Poverty, ; " Lessons of the Loess Plateau "; Global Environmental Justice; women; gender;

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