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Hope in a Changing Climate – the Loess Plateau Revisited, and Other Examples of Earth Healing

Remember the A Call to Large Scale Earth Healing and Lessons from the Loess Plateau post? It was an uber-encouraging look into one of the world’s largest, fastest and most successful earth healing implementations I’ve ever seen. Via the video below (more watchable than the one shared in the previous article) you can take another look, and also learn about similar projects happening in Ethiopia and Rwanda.

To watch a lower-bandwidth version of the film, de-select the “HD” button on right-hand side of the playbar.

Further Reading:


  1. New study shows one fifth of the world’s plants are under threat of extinction:

    “Alexander’s architectural writings at the same time develop a philosophy of nature and life. He proposes a more profound connection between nature and the human mind than is presently allowed either in science, or in architecture. Alexander sees the universe as a coherent whole, encompassing feelings as well as inanimate matter. This strongly Taoist viewpoint was first developed in his book The Timeless Way of Building (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979).”


    If the Chinese turn away from capitalism, returning to their Taoist heritage, there is hope for the world!

  2. I have been spoiled by the playback speed adjustment on my video playback program. Talk faster people! (Did you guys know that Geoff actually speaks at 58% of the ‘proper’ pace?) ;)

  3. It would be nice if the World can learn from Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching and turn away from materialism, extractive enconomy….
    May be we are responsible to take the lead (Oh no, Lao Tzu tell us not to take the lead, haha) but it is important for everyone in the World to start realizing the problems and share the new (or in fact, classic chinese) vision.

  4. “In ancient China, the keeper of the Imperial Library, Lao Tzu, was famous for his wisdom. Perceiving the growing corruption of the government, he left for the countryside. On his way, the guard at the city gates asked Lao Tzu to write out the essence of his understanding to benefit future generations. Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching, left, and was never heard of again.

    The Tao Te Ching (also called “The Tao”, “The Dao” or the “Dao De Jing”), by Lao Tzu, is one of the most influential books in history. It is the source of famous Chinese sayings such as “Those who know do not speak, those who speak, do not know” and “Even a 1,000 mile journey starts with a single step”.”


    We, the humanity, should now take our first step to sustainability, even it’s a long and fatiguing 1000 mile journey. Let’s follow in the footsteps of Lao Tzu, like Christopher Alexander did. Let’s make our world whole!

    Thank you Leung Chi Wan! And please lead your people back to the path of Lao Tzu!

  5. If you act according to the Way (Tao),
    You become one with the Way.

    If you act according to the Virtue (Te)
    You will become one with Virtue.

    If you lose either the Way or the Virtue,
    You will lose both.

    Lao Tzu

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