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02-20-2014

Filmmaker & Ecologist John D. Liu to Speak at Clarkson University

Filmmaker and ecologist John D. Liu will present his talk “Choosing the Pathway to Sustainability: Ecological Restoration” at Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University and Paul Smith's College in March.

John D. LiuLiu is director of the Environmental Education Media Project, a senior research fellow at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and a visiting fellow with the Critical Zone Hydrology Group in the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences at the Vrije University in Amsterdam.

Liu's presentations will take place in Clarkson's Student Center Multi-purpose Rooms on Monday, March 3, at 3 p.m.; at Paul Smith’s College Freer Auditorium on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m.; and at St. Lawrence University's Carnegie 10 on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. The talks are free and open to the public.

Prior to Liu's visit, St. Lawrence University will present a screening of his documentary "Green Gold" in Carnegie 10 on February 26 at 7 p.m. The film is a story of healing landscapes in China, Jordan, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Bolivia.

Liu presents a strong case of restoring ecosystems as the “great work” of our time and our best chance at mitigating catastrophic climate change.

His film, "Hope in a Changing Climate," was first screened at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. He has partnered with the UN Environment Program, UN Development Program, UN Convention to Combat Desertification, World Bank, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and others.

Liu is an American who has lived in China for more than 30 years. He helped to open the CBS News bureau in Beijing at the time of normalization of relations between the U.S. and China. He worked for CBS News for 10 years, leaving in 1990. He also worked as a photojournalist for RAI Italian Television and ZDF German Television.

Liu has concentrated on ecological filmmaking since the mid-1990s, and has written, produced and directed films on grasslands, deserts, wetlands, oceans, rivers, urban development, atmosphere, forests, endangered animals, and poverty reduction. His work has taken him to more than 70 countries. Many of his films have appeared on BBC World and other networks. In 2003, Liu wrote, produced and directed “Jane Goodall -- China Diary” for National Geographic.

Since 1997, Liu has directed the Environmental Education Media Project, which uses television to deliver ecological, sustainable development and public health messages in China and other countries. Liu was also the driving force in the creation and development of the China Environment and Sustainable Development Reference and Research Centre, the China HIV/AIDS Information Network, and the Environmental Education Media Project (Mongolia). For many years, Liu has studied and worked to promote the potential of ecological restoration, including presenting the recent films “Hope in a Changing Climate,” “Rwanda – Forests of Hope” and “Emerging in a Changing Climate."

From 2003 to 2006, Liu was a visiting fellow in the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England. In 2006, Liu was named the Rothamsted International Fellow for the Communication of Science. In 2008, Liu became a part-time Ph.D. candidate in research at Reading University. In 2009-2010, Liu was appointed assistant research professor at George Mason University.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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