Meet John Liu, film maker and environmental activist

Oct 18, 2012 No Comments by

(Photo/ John Liu dedicated to environmental awareness. Is on the scene in Rwanda, filming his documentary “Hope in a Changing Climate.”

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.-  On Tuesday, October 23, 2012  Dr. John Dennis Liu, a environmental activist and film maker from Beijing, China is scheduled to speak and screen his film “Hope in a Changing Climate” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Guzman Lecture Hall.  Following the film, Dr. Liu will be present for a short question and answer segment.

The film records Dr. Liu’s observations as part of “The Earth’s Hope”  project begun at the request of the World Bank in 1995. When Liu first visited China’s Loess Plateau, he noted the horrific devastation caused by centuries of human activity and the near desperate hard scrabble methods of substance farming practiced by contemporary residents.  The film records the beginning of ecological restoration and rehabilitation efforts and provides a message of hope for a healing planet.

In his film Liu reports that engineering landscapes and re-planting vegetation across significant ecological areas has succeeded in ways that have helped lift neighboring farm income threefold and provided a boost to economic activity.

Dr. Liu is a Chinese American who has lived in China for over three decades filming and reporting on environmental topics. He has written and directed films on diverse topics in ecology including grasslands, wetlands, deserts,  marine and forest environments and the challenge to the natural world posed by urbanization. In recent years he has also turned his attention to Africa and to issues of environmental preservation there.

During his time in China, Liu has worked with CBS News, Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI Italian Television), Swiss Television (SRG) and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF German.)

To watch a short of Liu’s film visit youtube.

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Kathryn Torralva is a freshman communications and media studies major with a background in journalism and informative writing. Her career goal is to become a newspaper journalist or a web based news reporter. She is dedicated to informing readers and reporting stories relevant to the community and students alike.
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