Episode 23 - John Liu / Amy Seidl / Jon Erickson

Stretching over 640,000 sq. kilometers and encompassing parts of 7 different Chinese provinces, the Loess Plateau is approximately the size of France. John Liu’s film, (“Hope in a Changing Climate”), chronicles large-scale ecological restoration projects in the Loess Plateau, as well as in Ethiopia and Rwanda. On October 24th, John visited from Beijing, China and we hosted a film screening at the University of Vermont. Amy Seidl and Jon Erickson joined John for a panel discussion following the film. The event drew a full house.

As an international television producer and cameraman with decades of experience, (John Liu) has covered geo-political events including the rise of China from poverty and isolation and the collapse of the Soviet Union. John is currently is Director of the Environmental Education Media Project, an Ecosystem Ambassador for the COMMONLAND FOUNDATION and a visiting research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

(Dr. Amy Seidl) is an ecologist, activist, UVM Professor, author and mother of two girls, Amy’s book, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World illuminates the historical significance and the everyday impacts of global warming upon the 21st century landscape. Her second book, Higher Ground: Adaptation, Evolution, and Persistence in an Unstable Climate takes the uniquely positive-yet realistic position that humans and animals can adapt and persist despite these global changes. Amy is on the board of directors of Bright Blue EcoMedia , and hosted the Emmy Award winning program, Emerging Science, produced here in Vermont and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Jon Erickson, is a Professor of Ecological Economics at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and Fellow at the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. His work has been published in 4 books and over 60 peer reviewed journals. Jon is also on the Board of Bright Blue EcoMedia and has received two Emmy awards for his work on Bloom, the Emergence of Ecological Design. Jon is currently producing "Waking the Sleeping Giant" , a film at the crossroads of growing inequality, money in politics and the 2016 presidential election, a film by Purple Frog Productions.

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