John D. Liu Interview: “It Is Possible to Rehabilitate Large-Scale Damaged Ecosystems.”

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Young mangrove saplings growing in Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. by Sigit Deni Sasmito/CIFOR

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Media Type: Interview

Date of Publication: June 29, 2016

Year of Publication: 2016

Publication City: The Channon, New South Wales

Publisher: The Permaculture Research Institute

Author(s): Riccardo Tucci, Rhamis Kent, John D. Liu

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Italian Agronomist Riccardo Tucci (, along with World Permaculture Association Executive Director Rhamis Kent, interview film-maker and ecologist John D. Liu at the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. They discussed Liu’s commitment to ecological restoration and how permaculture fits into his approach.

What I have witnessed is that degradation is caused by ignorance and greed and if we learn to live with consciousness and generosity then we can protect the remaining functional parts of the Earth and restore the degraded parts. This requires that everyone understand this and that everyone participates. If we continue believing that people are always selfish or always ignorant then we will fail. If we understand that change is inevitable and the future will not be like the past, then we have the chance to choose to do the right thing.

Knowledge is responsibility. To know that the Earth’s systems are symbiotic, living systems is to realize that it is our choice whether we will restore the Earth or whether we will continue to pretend that our interests are different that those of all living things.

Read the full interview.


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