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Holistic Management features in a 2015 National Geographic / PBS Documentary

Allan Savory features in PBS / National Geographic Documentary EARTH - A NEW WILD: Plains "If Allan is right, then we may have to completely rethink life on the plains. The message is an extraordinary powerful one, and it could be the best thing, the absolute best thing that conservation has ever discovered" M.Sanjayan, Host, Earth: A New Wild

Allan Savory TED2013 talk on Holistic Management

Allan Savory reviews the devastating effects of desertification on the earth and our civilizations and the consistent failure of current approaches to stop desertification. He shows dramatic examples of how livestock are the best (and only) tool that can permanently reverse these processes.

 

Holistic Management at Work

A short video showing the benefits that are being obtained by embracing Holistic Management in different countries.

Holistic Management at Work

 

 

 

Watch Allan Savory speaking on Holistic Management

Welcome to the world of Holistic Management. Watch these clips of Allan speaking on:

  • Holistic Management
  • Land planning and mapping
  • Improved carrying capacity
  • Reducing woody species
  • Solar energy flow
  • The water cycle
  • Brittleness
  • Overgrazing
  • Partial rest
  • Herd impact and over-rest
  • The pre-Columbian landscape
  • An Australian example
  • An example from New Mexico
  • Support groups

 

 

Holistic Management

 

Land planning and mapping

 

Improved carrying capacity

 

Reducing woody species

 

Solar energy flow

 

The water cycle

 

Brittleness

 

 

Overgrazing

 

Partial rest

 

Herd impact and over-rest

 

The pre-Columbian landscape

 

An Australian example

 

An example from New Mexico

 

Support groups

Tim Flannery endorses Holistic Management

Tim Flannery sees an important role for Holistic Management in Carbon Sequestration:

On the ABC National’s Australia Talks program, the 2007 Australian of the Year, eminent scientist and conservationist, Tim Flannery stated, “Holistic Management is one of the key tools at our disposal” with regard to Climate Change. In the latest Australian Quarterly Essay, Flannery further elaborates. “Where Holistic Management is practiced increases of up to 3% in soil carbon are being achieved. This happens largely because the soil is protected from erosion and grass cover increases, allowing more root growth”. Listen to the podcast.

The First Millimetre: Healing the Earth

A documentary highlighting the wonderful results obtained by people managing holistically around the World.

This documentary takes us on a journey around the world and addresses the most crucial issue of our time, how to solve global warming. “We would only have to improve carbon percentage by 1% on our 450 million hectares of agricultural soil in Australia and we could sequester all of the planet’s legacy load of carbon,” states Christine Jones, PhD.  Stanford Professor, Christopher Fields, PhD. observes, “You can think of soils as a bank account that has the capacity to really build up very large quantities of capital moving into the future.” James Hansen, PhD, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies adds, “Our agricultural practices could be modified to bring CO2 back down much more quickly.”

This groundbreaking documentary includes interviews with leading scientists as well as personal stories from farmers and ranchers on three continents to examine how carbon sequestration in top soil can not only curb global warming; but increase biodiversity and fertility, lessen the use of fertilizers and pesticides and utilize rainfall much more effectively.

The “how”, according to experts, may come from an unusual source; the hooves and mouths of domesticated animals. Emmy© Award winning filmmaker, Chris Schueler, shows how effective grazing plans in the Sonoran desert of Mexico, the almost infertile land in northern Zimbabwe and even the vast farmland in Australia as well as across the United States have changed the topsoil into a rich, productive, moisture laden land. “One of the best reclamation tools that we have found is the hoofs and mouths of our domestic animals”, says rancher Ivan Aguirre. And the results are amazing.  “I found native species of plants that normally tend to be in riparian areas, near arroyos or slightly wet areas in the desert; they are found throughout the land,” remarks forestry professor, Alfonso Gomez Lopez.

As viewers take this stunningly filmed journey around the globe, the local children talk about how important the land must be to all of us. Through their voices we grow to realize the critical nature of this message. And we come to understand: the answer is right underneath our feet. For more information on the documentary visit http://www.christopherproductions.org/resources/hte_expertbiographies.pdf