Greening the Desert II: Greening the Middle East| 36mins
Director: Geoff Lawton | Producer: Geoff Lawton
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Australia
This half-hour video documents the ongoing work of Permaculture gurus Geoff and Nadia Lawton in the Dead Sea Valley. It begins with the famous original 'Greening the Desert' five-minute video clip, and then continues into Part II, a 2009 update to the 2001 original.
You'll get to see and learn about the original Greening the Desert site and see some of the spin-off effects of its influence throughout Jordan.
When thereâ€™s no soil, no water, no shade, and where the sun beats down on you to the tune of over 50Â°C (122Â°F), the word â€˜povertyâ€™ begins to take on a whole new meaning. It is distinct and surreal. Itâ€™s a land of dust, flies, intense heat and almost complete dependency on supply lines outside of one's control. This is the remains of what was once called the â€˜fertile crescentâ€™. It is the result of thousands of years of abuse. It is a glimpse at a world where the environment â€“ whose services provide for all human needs â€“ has all but completely abandoned us. This is a glimpse at the world our consumer society is inexorably moving towards, as our exponential-growth culture gorges itself at ever-increasing rates.
The original Greening the Desert video clip has been watched hundreds of thousands of times and has been posted to countless blogs and web pages in the datasphere. Although only five minutes long, it has inspired people around the globe, daring the lucid ones amongst us, those who can see the writing on the wall, to begin to hope and believe in an abundant future â€“ a future where our survival doesnâ€™t have to be based on undermining and depleting the very resources of soil, water, phosphorus, etc. that we depend on. The work profiled in that clip demonstrates that humanity can be a positive element within the biosphere. Man doesnâ€™t have to destroy. Man can repair.
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