To kick-start 2023, here's an old news piece that filled me with joy: Re-greening the Loess Plateau.
In 1994, China began the largest redevelopment project in the world.
The Loess Plateau is located in China’s Northwest (which takes its name from the dry powdery wind-blown soil). Centuries of overuse and overgrazing led to one of the highest erosion rates in the world and widespread poverty.
A staggering combination of: innovation, education and financial support; a huge investment in labour; the switch to sustainable farming practices - lifted more than 2.5 million people, in four of China’s poorest provinces, out of poverty.
Farmers’ incomes doubled, employment diversified... and a degraded environment the size of France was revitalised.
This is perhaps my favourite, inspirational example of what we can do with political will.
While away a happy 10 minutes + to see how it was done
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Inspiration from t'internet...
For a living, I meander down blind alleyways for my research. Shared here, some of the glorious achievements and ideas that educate and inspire me, a reminder that we're not blindly heading for Armageddon: