examples of successful regeneration
See our Inspiration
There is still time to create abundance
The following pioneers give hope and know how. They dared to experiment against all odds, proving that mimicking nature has far better results than the usual land management.
At the end some info about why crypto-currencies and Block-chain are empowering individuals all over the globe.
Sahel: the man who stopped the desert
Drought nor war could stop him. He provided for his family and planted trees.
India: 1 man, 1 tree every day
The resulting forest now prevents floods and droughts. Wildlife returned
Jordan, 2 km of the Dead Sea: Greening the salty desert
Harvesting every raindrop with mulched dams and with swales (water retention canals) on contour. Geoff Lawton, permaculture.
Brazil: Life in Syntropy
How to establlish a food forest in only 6 years, economically viable in the 1st year.
Brazil: da Toca Farm
Organic farm transitioning to agro-forestry. Provides work, food, schooling, housing for 150 families,
China: Loess Plateau
Filmmaker John D. Liu shows the succesfull re-fertilisation of an area as big as the Netherlands.
Solving desertification AND climate change, fast and possible
by mimicking the large herds of herbivores that forever roamed the planes. Ecologist Allan Savory explains in a Ted talk
Australia: soil condition drives global climate!
If 1/5 of arable land would be managed by regenerative farmers, we would soon stabilize the global climate. Lecture of Micro-biologist Walter Jehne.
US: Under Cover Farmers
Large scale farmers in transition for economic reasons: mixed cover crops bring more yield, so no till, no fertilizers already for 30 – 40 yrs. Trailer
Outline of the general principles of permaculture. Can be done on any scale, from backyard to family farm. Geoff Lawton explains.
China: private company regenerating deserts
Look what happens when a private business gets universities and government to cooperate. Stunning results within 6 months.
And now for something completely different …. cryptocurrencies !
Cryptos for the 'un-banked'
Cryptographer Charles Hoskinson explains why the crypto-world is important for billions of people in the third world.
How the blockchain is changing money and business
Don Tapscott explains calmly and clearly how the blockchain will revolutionize everything
The Bitcoin Revolution
An hour+ documentary of Mike Maloney for in-depth understanding of cryptos. Episode 8 of The Hidden Secrets of Money .
Cryptocurrencies contra neo-colonialism
Andreas Antonopoulos explains the idealistic side of cryptos. Who needs them.? You may want to skip the first 6 min intro to save time.
Bitcoin: Opportunity for South-America
Andreas Antonopoulos about the history of money and the opportunities bitcoin offers for Brazil and other emerging markets. Sao Paulo 2016
Blockchain, Bitcoin, etc.: Separando a Realidade do Exagero
Lecture in Portuguese by Jeroen van de Graaf, professor of cryptography at UFMG. April 2018.
A millennial's view on cryptos
Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are preventing wars and dictatorships. This episode of the ‘Ivan on Tech’ show – July 15, 2018 – was more contemplative than usual. Every morning 8 am live from Sweden.
Burkina Faso, Sahel, Africa
The Man Who Stopped The Desert,
7 min watch, an extended version of the original trailer by 1080 films, published Oct 19,2010. This video right here shows the technique. Plus an interview with Mr. Sawadogo, July 2017
“Yacouba single-handedly has had more impact on soil and water conservation in the Sahel, than all national and international researchers combined.”
Dr. Chris Reij, Vrije University Amsterdam, Senior Fellow World Research Institute
India – The man who planted one tree every day for 37 years.
Here he is standing next to his first tree.
His masterpiece is now 1360 acres (550 ha) of dense forest. 115 elephants returned to live there.
Jadav Payeng has stopped the extremes, droughts and floods, on micro-climate level in the middle of a barren wasteland in Assam, Majuli Island.
Published Oct 13, 2017 by 101 India
2,5 minutes watch.
Jordan – desolate salty desert
50 degrees in summer, 2 km from the Dead Sea.
With basic permaculture principles, Geoff Lawton turned 10 acres (4 ha) into a productive oasis.
8 minutes watch
Brazil, Bahia – Life in Syntropy Ernst Götsch
(you might have seen it already through our homepage) 15 min. watch
Published Dec 2, 2015 by Agenda Götsch
Refertilisation of the enormous Loess Plateau in China
Initiated by government & scientists.
Excerpt from Hope In A Changing Climate, John D. Liu
Excerpt from a famous documentary that shows what can be done for agricultural land when a government really wants to change something for the good. The method was earthworks, keeping livestock out, and a lot of planting. Streams of water and fertility of the lands returned.
And it shows a minute or two about a sympathetic project in Ethiopia.
Desertification threatens too much surface,
there is too much work to do, so let grazers grow grasslands
For millions of years there were enormous herds of wild herbivores roaming the planes. They did not cause desertification. Last century ecologists thought that overgrazing was the cause of desertification. But to his surprise ecologist Allan Savory found out that when you double or quadruple the livestock numbers and let them roam like the large herds used to do, vegetation, rivers and wildlife return!
An explanation of this very counter-intuitive fact, important to combat climate-change.
Ted Talk Feb 2013, Long Beach California
Want to see more before and after pictures?
See this lecture of Allan Savory at the University of Tufts, Jan 25, 2013. Examples of Grassland Restoration. 13 min. watch
Note: this method does not need machinery nor fertilizers. Therefore you will not find news about Holistic Management Grazing in farmers’ journals: their advertisers wouldn’t be content.
Want to dive deeper?
Getting to know the differences between Holistic Management Grazing, Mob Grazing, Rotational Grazing?
Search the following names for example:
Andre Voisin – Grass productivity, Jim Gerrish, Jerry Brunetti – Farm as Ecosystem, Darren Doherty, Ian Mitchell-Innes, Joel Salatin, Gabe Brown, Ed Swope, Greg Judy, dr. Temple Grandin
Soil biologist Walter Jehne
Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming, 23 min
conference October 16th-18th, 2015 at Tufts University.
An introduction to his lecture about the Natural History of Water on Earth
A healthy soil, protected by growing plants, can save us from the extremes of climate. It sequesters CO2 and breaks down methane. But most of all it cools the micro-climate, which has an enormous effect on the macro-climate. So as quickly as possible we must re-green the surface of the landmass.
Large Farms in Transition
A group of soy bean, cotton and corn farmers in the US started in the late 60’s to not till their land anymore, and always have living roots of a variety of cover crops in the soil. As a result, the cash crops give far better yields than at the neighbors who still are using fertilizers.
Note: Unfortunately some of them still use herbicides, but most of them have re-designed their machinery : flatten the mature cover crops at the front, while seeding the cash crop at the rear end. Some fields are so large, that they have to seed everything by plane.
'Under Cover Farmers'
Location: Stanly County, NC, USA, Sep 2011
trailer 5 min watch
Want to dive into this?
Then see the feature video of 28 minutes on youtube
The USDA wrote an appealing webpage about these methods in August 2018
Design Principles of Permaculture
In Australia they have some years so much drought that villages are cut off from the water supply. People are not allowed to pump water for their gardens of course.
But at the permaculture farm, originally designed by Bill Mollison, they always have an oversupply uphill, to irrigate the crops by gravity. This is no luck, it is by design. You can learn it as well.
video by permaculture.net Oct 2, 2013
Private company LION in China implements smart solutions
The video is a bit chaotic, but it does give an impression how fast problems can be solved when private companies work for profit, but also for a green cause. The result: profitable farming in a desert in half a year! And to the advantage of local people.
cgtn.com/america China Global Television Network, The World Today, Oct 2017 (?)
Return sustainable productivity to all areas that are affected by desertification (for man and nature). That is 25% of China’s territory!
Having an Impact
In the past 5 years 10 million hectares desert are won back for agriculture and wildlife. They used to increase with 10.000 square kilometer annually. Now it shrinks by 2.400 kilometers per year.
They cooperate closely with the local people, universities and government officials. But because it is a private company, you can make decisions fast and get things done.
Billions of people have no documents, no land rights, no acces to credit
Cryptos offer identity and whole banks through their phones
Charles Hoskinson Tedx Talk, Dec 4, 2014 Bermuda
How the blockchain is changing money and business
Calmly explained by Don Tapscott
Ted Talk, Sep 16, 2016
The Bitcoin Revolution.
Episode 8 in the series ‘Hidden Secrets of Money’ (highly recommended!)
Mike Maloney documentary, published Dec 18, 2017
Globalization is Financial Colonialism by Multinational Corporations.
Crypto-currencies offer individuals a way out. June 16, 2018.
37 min.watch (first 6 min intro)
To put the phenomenon of cryptos into perspective: about the history of money and why cryptos offer opportunity to emerging markets.
Sao Paulo, 2018.
30 min.watch (53″ incl. Q&A)
For Portuguese speakers! “Blockchain, bitcoin, altcoins, etc.: Separando a Realidade do Exagero”.
Jeroen van de Graaf, Professor no Departamento de Ciéncia da Computação, UFMG. April 2018.
Clear introduction into crypto-currencies in Brazilian Portuguese.
By our friend, Dutch professor Jeroen van de Graaf, who teaches cryptography.
Bio-detail: his tutor for 1,5 years was David Chaum, one of the conceptual predecessors of Satoshi Nakamoto
1’25” lecture (directly on youtube)
A Millennial’s view on the importance of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies
‘Ivan on Tech Show’, July 15, 2018
Ivan Liljeqvist (every morning 8am live from Stockholm).
Let’s Do Something Better Together
Inactive account ID 12019, Africa, desert landscape
Through Pixabay, under creative commons
downloaded 14. July 2018