Allan Savory: How to Green the World’s Deserts and Reverse Climate Change

What, you may ask, does a talk on greening the deserts and climate change have to do with Chinese Medicine? Well, let me tell you. The ancient Chinese lived in complete harmony with nature. Their lives and their health depended on a connection to their surrounding environment. With the desertification of so much of the planet, the balance between humans and nature is being thrown even more severely out of balance, and with this hopeful talk, the answer, it seems, could be incredibly simple and cost effective. This is a talk everyone should see.

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

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Below is Allan Savory in a Q&A Session about his theories regarding reversing Global Warming