"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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In Australia we seem to be experiencing the same struggles. The farms are getting barren and grasslands turning into deserts. Our farmers have been selling their livestock in fear of the drought instead of increasing their numbers and utilising these techniques to mitigate the risks. I think this needs to be shared with all our rural farming communities. This is probably one of the most promising if not the only viable solution to stopping climate change in an economically viable and technically feasible way with minimal negative impact to our economic and political environment. Carbon tax is not the solution. Allan Savory has the solution and we need to listen. Thank you Allan, you have educated us and I will make sure to spread the word.
I think this counter intuitive situation illustrates how our culture is ignorant whilst considering itself educated. We are such a powerful force on the planet that we cannot afford to mess up on this scale. It also illustrates how we cannot afford to remain divided into uncoordinated nation states each pursuing policies oblivious to the collective results.. TED talks - how many Watch? In how many languages ? Humanity must solve these issues and quickly.
The scary part is there should be a new ice age coming along. High 'pollutant' levels causing global warming are 'preventing' the freeze. The re-greening is great but lowering CO/CO2 levels 'suddenly (in geological time even 1000yrs is sudden, 100yrs is 'nothing') could cause a much more profound freeze? Maybe scientists who actually 'care' should try working with people in related but different area's instead of becoming more and more specialised. Some of the 'Greenpeace' type groups could co-ordinate, if they could actually think instead of just reacting?
And, why isn't this on PBS, CNN, FOX, and all the other news channels as a documentary. Here's a guy who actually is developing a plan to change the trend of desertification. Our leaders are just arguing that cows are causing climate change. So, AOC wanting to limit cattle around the world is incorrect. Glad to see the actual positive change to the environment. At one time I heard of desertification but never understood it. Now I have an idea of what needs to be done. I just subscribed to this channel and want more!
It's not so simple (ungrazed land won't just wither away and intensive grazing, which Savory wanst, actually worsens soil quality), it sounds like some miracle process, like organic farming and other not-so-great-when-you-look-at-them-closely:
Its sad to see easy resolutions for problems man made ,but climate changers only look at tax,s so the rich can get richer , Pity all these so called climate scientist experts are just stupid dumb idiots.
That is great!! Imagine that.... A bunch of pier reviewed papers completely wrong on the cause and effect of the problem with completely counter productive solutions implemented resulting in more harm than good. Carbon dioxide is not the driver of climate change . The real danger to planet is not our carbon footprint but our footprint in general that would include the pollutants out our tailpipes of our transportation. I believe we have had at least a full decade where the majority of money and resources has been focused on the wrong problem. Leading to a lag in tackling the true problem facing our planet right now. Unlike the warming trend it is something we can do something about. Over fishing and single use plastics is the single most clear and present danger to our planet. We can survive a warming planet with more CO2. I would actually argue that more CO2 is actually better for biodiversity than our current low carbon atmosphere but our footprint of single use plastics over the last 35 years is a very significant impact facing the oceans right now. I was a bag boy in a grocery chain when plastic grocery bags first came out. Plastic bags we seen as a eco benefit and alternative to paper that required us to cut down trees. We had the option at first of paper or plastic and those that still insisted on paper we looked at and thought to ourselves " what....,. don't you care about the environment" ? Plastics technology is amazing but single use plastic especially in areas where you are close to the ocean or countries that can not afford recycle technologies or even garbage pick up has in 35 years made a complete mess of the ocean and beaches of this world. We need to educate and limit the use of single use plastics especially where they are likely to get into the water. The other problem is the over fishing of the ocean. While the birth rates of Europeans and North Americans are going down, that is not the case in the rest of the world this is not necessarily a solved by increasing the wealth of a population as the driver for such large families can be in part at least religiously motivated. I'm sure the planet can sustain a larger population but clearly our oceans can not. I just wish we could shift the focus and the money from the non existing problem of CO2 and tackle the real problem which is over fishing and single use plastics. These two things would be very easy to fix without keeping pushing whole swaths of the worlds population into poverty by making energy too expensive.
This ties in witu my own observations.As a farmer we produce milk organically. Since we went organic nearly 20 years ago our land has never been healthier. The diversity of life from the bottom up is profound. Our cattle, in my opinion have also never been healthier.
Isn't this the livestock owner who convinced the Government of Zimbabwe to slaughter many thousands of elephants because of his ludicrous contention that they were overgrazing the the natural ecosystem that supported them for millennia?
OMG!!!!!!!The real reason everything is happening is due to an affecting outside source. Nothing to do with us and absolutely nothing we can do to change anything of whats about to happen, and it certainly dont help when THEY wont tell people the truth of whats out there. Just repeated disinformation. You're all about to have your jaws drop to the ground. And living in America the way we used to is about to permanently change, especially after the day USA splits in half and the old mississippi river becomes the new St Lawrence Seaway.
+Bee Bob Well I'm not saying he is completely mad, but this idea of "the more CO2, the better for us", is just bullshit, even laymans must see that. Sounds too much like another of those conspiracy theories "I am only one smart enough, every other scientist is wrong"
Yeah this is bullshit. Rise of CO2 at the start of pleistocene did help to create good conditions for life as we know it, but too much of it will destroy them. Yeah, some plant life will prosper with 1000 ppm of CO2, but humans and many other species won't. And that's what this climate crisis is about.
Farmers like Joel Salatin have know intuitively that herbivores are essential for healthy life on earth. His family has been farming this way for 60 years and others much longer. Other cultures have done the same for millennia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z75A_JMBx4
He killed thousands of elephants, he is trying to "solve" problems, that do not exist, trying to patronize everybody at 11:54, taking role of "expert" or "god" on himself. He did more harm to nature, than benefit. Please shut yourself and go plant tree.
I assert with falsified evidence that a perfect storm is bearing down upon us. There is no question about it at all. Climate change is real and we don't need no stinking measurements. Ninety seven percent of scientists agree that this catastrophe is just around the corner. We know this to be true because we so thoroughly understand the environment that we are now capable of actually changing the raw measurements to make our models work. That's how good our models are. You might say, *we are gods* . You might be that gullible. I'm not.
Humans can’t control the weather. The earth’s always had deserts, plains and forest far before people. The reason the animals are gone is because people were trying to control nature. I’m all for more grass fed steaks tho.
Ted Google should be ashamed of such political crap!
I don't need to watch this to know the pseudoscience being applied. I'll bet Ted Google (or whoever this guy is) doesn't apply the "heat" to 3/4's of the earth's surface - you know that wet (blue) area - the OCEANS!!!! Can anyone say "HUMIDITY"???
Now, where will that wet humidity get deposited? Come-on, you can do it.... (in London and Seattle hahahaha JJ)
I'll bet this guy is a vegetarian...
Reverse Climate Change . Should we reverse Climate how far back ? Perhaps to when there was 3,000 ft. of ice where I sit ? Mars is changing too . Mars is getting warmer ,due to people driving S.U.V.s , no doubt .
This guys is so full of s***! It disappointing that people actual belief this trash. His theories are not backed by science. He even published that biological soil crusts are bad and should be destroyed (his 1985 publication). I can't help but think about the 100,000 elephants he ordered killed in order to protect the forest in southern Africa - whoops, that turned out to be a huge mistake. Don't listen to these lies!! Its just an excuse to beat up the land by overgrazing - he never addresses which species of grasses respond to his overgrazing treatments (non-native invasive grasses and plants respond to his 'technique').
CO2 does not cause normal cyclical climate changes. But spraying particulate high in the atmosphere does cause global warming with the greenhouse effect, they are causing global warming with chem trails. To melt the ice caps for resource wealth. Natural Climate changes have occurred throughout the Earths history way before man.
One more example of the idiocy we call science. In Africa there is a tiny wasp that seemed to have no purpose, other than to sting the crap out of everything it could. Livestock were suffering as well as humans. It was decided to eradicate them, and the process was started,. That is, until someone pointed out that it was the sole pollinator of some fruit.( figs?), that one third of the animals depended on, at some point during the year, for food. They burrow into the fruit to lay their eggs and thus pollinate it. How would we have replicated that process? The collapse of that third would have spelled disaster for the remainder. We have no idea what we are doing, yet we do it anyway. Why is that? If the effects of our floundering s were immediate, we may be far less likely to meddle. Unfortunately, we have to wait for our stupidity to catch up with us. And then it may be too late.
Look at what our bodies can achieve with pizza and beer. All the processes it can accomplish, in spite of our lack of intervention and guidance. Or should I say despite our intervention and misguidance? Until we are smarter than our bodies, we should assume nature knows more than we do. There is no denying that we are the worst biological disaster the planet has produced, to date. We call ourselves intelligent. You would imagine that intelligent life would be "stewards' of the planet that produced it. Not the biggest mistake it ever made.
This guy is a real idiot. We have always known these principles. I was taught rotational grazing and crop rotation as a child, and I am 63 years old. Stupid arrogant academics. Why did this dope think elephants walk the same hundreds of miles each season? Soil quality depends on water retention and the chemical nutrients from dung and dead-fall that micro organisms thrive on. Also there are burrowing insects and animals that aerate the soil.Ted Talks are great for people who have no practical experience with anything. Get out of the auditorium. Get a job. Learn reality.
Who would have thought to look at nature for the solution? We, with our arrogant, and too often, ignorant, perceptions of "science' are the biggest danger to ourselves and our planet. They should start an award for men like this called the "Common Sense' award. Maybe it will actually become common, again.
if they stop chemtrailing they will stop climate change the weather will go back to normal these trails were not there 30 years ago contrails disperse behind a plane within seconds . our sky use to be dark blue the sun yellow now all we get is a light blue sky due to a white chemical haze that makes our sun look white.
The lefts ABSOLUTE certainty that they and they alone, already have all the answers dooms this earth saving idea. A man in central Tx. completely and totally reversed damage done by overgrazing for 15 years. The land was ruined or so it was thought.5500 acres was revitalized turning deserts into grass land. Land with no water, surface or underground now has 12 lakes, ponds or tanks.
Over the years, we shot 40.000 elephants. You & your club are playing god. How dare you. You are now busy trying to remove 95% of the human population. You are not gods, nature will pay you back i promise.
No such thing as global warming !! Don’t drink the kool aid !! Such bullshit !! Remember these lying propaganda artists first called it global warming?? When that became obviously ridiculous , they desperately changed the catch phrase to climate change. This climate has been changing long before simple minded humans came along !!
Life is all about balance and resource management.
If you live in a sealed garage, it makes no sense to run your engine, AND complain your air is foul.
If we don't learn to take care of our world, we will surely lose it.
There is absolutely no empirical evidence, whatsoever, that fossil fuels are causing this planet's climate to change. "Climate change" is the default condition of Earth's atmosphere. There has been a continuous unbroken history of "climate change" as long as the planet has had water and an atmosphere. e are fortunate to be living during a Goldilocks interglacial that is warm and welcoming ... though dangerously short on CO2.
Look at the Green New Deal....it'll remove massive herds of livestock and dramatically increase desertification, all in the name of going green...and sending trillions of dollars to politicians, of course.
So proud of this incredible man who hails from Zimbabwe. He was in opposition to the Rhodesian govt but was largely rejected by the white population. I feel certain that the country would have thrived under his leadership & not be the basket case it now is...
So let me get this straight - We've been in a cooling cycle since the early 2000s and now, you want to reverse it? I thought it was "warming" you were afraid of. You know what grass and every other plant on Earth likes? CO2. If only we could figure out a way to add CO2 to the atmosph... Oh! Wait a minute...
AMAZING SPEAKER AND NOT AFRAID TO ADMIT AND QUICKLY REACT WHERE HE WAS WRONG! Your blunder is less on you then those that thought theories as fact without testing leading you to wrong hypothesis. Nature really does have an answer to everything and when God says this planet is built for as many people as there is sand on the seashores or stars in the sky he created it to feed many.
This makes tons of intuitive sense. The world used to host vast herds of 4-legged creatures. It's no great leap to accept they played an important ecological role. I suspect it is due to zealous ideology, specifically that meat eating is categorically bad in all respects, that I have never heard this theory.
to my view , the planet earth is like a human body , when the cattle (animals) graze the grass around , and by cutting the grass or breaking the plants the roots understand a need to grow or to continue life, is like the plant is serving a purpose , also the drops of elephants carry also seeds and together with the nutrients to germinate.
Fascinating! The secret is to mimic the herd/predator relationship that kept the herd animals tightly packed together and moving constantly. High numbers of herd animals break up the ground, fertilize the grasses and quickly move on to fresh food allowing the grasses to rebound thicker and more dense. The grasses and the root systems act like a giant sponge holding rainwater long enough for it to soak into the water-table not running off into rivers washing top soil away! This allows a dramatic change to the environment, the water table fills up feeding springs, streams and lakes.
The key to restore the grasslands is using natures natural processes of massive moving herds hunted by predators.
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