In her latest book, the Reindeer Chronicles, author Judith Schwartz documents amazing large-scale ecological restoration projects in China, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Norway, New Mexico, Hawaii, and elsewhere around the world. Delving in to the individuals, communities, and their unique stories, Ms. Schwartz reveals universal patterns of people coming together to heal their environments while also improving their human relationships and quality of life. This is a MUST READ for any of us engaged in regeneration, stewardship, ecological, and social/community restoration work – a MUST READ!
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Environmental restoration is possible, and is possible at the scale of millions of acres. Strategies for restoring soils, vegetation, and even food forest systems – in regions previously plagued by drought, desertification, famine, and poverty – not only improve food security, economic security, and heal frayed social fabrics, they also increase rainfall, groundwater, and both carbon sequestration and water storage capacities in the landscape. This is like restoring “Gardens of Eden” in degraded regions throughout the world!
The Reindeer Chronicles take us from the Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabilitation Project in China with John Liu, to the indigenous Sami people in the Arctic reaches of Norway and the Al Baydha Project, south of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia; and from Ecosystem Restoration Camps in Spain to reclaimed plantations in the Hawaiian Islands.
Documenting and celebrating Permaculture at multiple scales, attitudes of abundance, curiosity, hope, and community mobilization, the Reindeer Chronicles point the way to a healed world and happier culture.
Judith D. Schwartz is an author who tells stories to illuminate scientific concepts and nature-based solutions. A widely published journalist, she is the author of “Cows Save the Planet” and “Water In Plain Sight.” Her latest book, “The Reindeer Chronicles”, is a global tour of ecological restoration. Judith lives on the side of a mountain in southwestern Vermont.”
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