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John Dennis Liu inspires people to save Earth’s ecosystem – CSMonitor.com

John Dennis Liu inspires people to save Earth’s ecosystem

John Dennis Liu says humans can stop destroying their planet. He’s documented ecological restoration projects around the world to prove it.

By Debra Bruno, Contributor / September 13, 2013

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Filmmaker John Dennis Liu, here in Rwanda, has documented ecological projects in diverse locations such as Haiti, Jordan, and China.

Courtesy of Environmental Education Media Project


John Dennis Liu doesn’t do small talk well. Even a brief telephone conversation about setting up an interview launches him into a speech about ecological restoration, Earth’s future, and the errors of humanity’s ways.

He simply can’t help himself, and he knows it. “It’s pretty much the same thing I say each time,” he says. “People ask me, ‘What are you on?’ ”

What the Beijing-based ecologist and filmmaker is “on” is the fervent belief that our planet is heading toward environmental disaster. But it is a disaster that can be averted. He argues that humans can stop the ecological destruction of the planet, and that they have a moral obligation to do so.

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Just don’t try to distract him with talk about anything less than the future of humanity. “We’re facing catastrophic outcomes from climate change,” he says.

In fact, Mr. Liu sees the destruction of Earth’s natural resources as a fight of biblical proportions, a tragic step that takes humanity away from the Garden of Eden that is biodiversity.

For the past 17 years, he’s been involved in projects such as the restoration ofChina‘s Loess Plateau, a roughly (Please click the link below to read the whole article on CSMonitor-

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