Just like our bodies, nature has a profound capacity for healing and self-repair. On this edition of Bioneers, filmmaker-turned-ecological-restorer John Liu shifted from documenting China’s massive environmental and societal upheavals to filming a groundbreaking, large-scale ecosystem restoration cum local economic renewal. Prioritizing nature’s ecological functions above producing goods and services, the groundbreaking work is spreading to other nations, with Liu as a global ambassador of dramatic ecosystem restoration wonders.
About the speaker:
John D. Liu is an American who has lived in China for more than 25 years. Mr Liu helped to open the CBS News bureau in Beijing at the time of normalization of relations between the U.S. and China. He worked for CBS News for more than 10 years leaving in 1990. He also worked as a photo-journalist for Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI Italian Television) and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF German Television).
Since the mid-1990’s Mr Liu has concentrated on ecological filmmaking and has written, produced and directed films on Grasslands, Deserts, Wetlands, Oceans, Rivers, Urban Development, Atmosphere, Forests, Endangered Animals, and Poverty Reduction primarily for EARTH REPORT and LIFE series on the BBC World. In 2003, Mr Liu wrote, produced and directed “Jane Goodall – China Diary” for National Geographic.
Since 1997 Mr Liu has directed the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), which uses television to deliver ecological, sustainable development and public health messages in China and other countries. Mr Liu was also the driving force in the creation and development of the China Environment and Sustainable Development Reference and Research Centre (CESDRRC), the China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN), and the Environmental Education Media Project (Mongolia). For many years Mr Liu has studied and worked to promote “EARTH’S HOPE”.