Distributor:  Global Environmental Justice
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2009
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Mandarin / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available

Curator

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

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Hope in a Changing Climate

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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.

Hope in a Changing Climate

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

Teacher's guide
Please see the teacher's guide for background info, suggested subjects, questions and activities and a discussion of the environmental justice focus of this film. 

Synopsis
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.


Distributor credits

John D. Liu

John D. Liu

Docuseek2 subjects

Environmental Justice
Asian Studies
African Studies
Geography
Water
Environmental Science
Sustainability
Bioregions and Habitat
Asia
Climate Change
Agriculture and Food
Human Rights
Forestry
Farming
Food
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Global / International Studies
Biodiversity
Resource Planning and Management
Ecology
East Asia
Habitat Restoration

Distributor subjects

Activism
African Studies
Agriculture
Anthropology
Asian Studies
Biodiversity
Biology
Bioregions and Habitat
China
Climate Change
Conservation Biology
Dams
Ecosystems
Environmental Anthropology
Environmental Design
Environmental Education
Environmental Gegraphy
Environmental Health
Environmental History
Environmental Justice
Environmental Planning
Environmental Policy
Ethiopia
Farming
Food
Forestry
Forests
Global Isues
Grasslands and Prairies
Habitat Loss
History
hydroelectricity
Indigenous Studies
Public Health
Rwanda
Solutions
Sustainability
Water
Wetlands

Keywords

"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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