John Dennis Liu
Visions on ecosystem restoration
John Dennis Liu (born 1953 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a Chinese American film-maker and ecologist. He is also a researcher at several institutions. Since January 2013 he is a Visiting Fellow at the Critical Zone Hydrology Group, Vrije Universiteit and Communication director at the Ecosystem Return Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands. As an award winning documentary film maker, he addresses his audience in truly compelling and captivating ways. Through his multi-media presentations and his films, John has managed to influence policy on national and regional levels, most recently in Rwanda. He manages to reach audiences from distinctly different backgrounds: business leaders and economists, academia, students, policy makers and politicians, leading them towards higher levels of motivation and most importantly, action.
In 1995 John Dennis Liu filmed the Loess Plateau in China, which was being transformed from a barren and eroded ground into an oasis by the government. At this point Liu noticed the possibility of humans restoring ecosystems, rather than only destroying them. He founded the organization What if We Change. Collecting, showing and filming examples from all over the world where people work based on love for Mother Earth. He produced 1000 video stories for on the website. And created a movie that shows both the challenges AND the solutions when it comes to offering nearly 7 billion people a healthy life on earth.