How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

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  • Published on:  Monday, March 4, 2013
  • "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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  • Joseph Schneider

    Joseph Schneider

     2 hours ago

    Give me s break , there is no climate change !

  • Raul Gubert

    Raul Gubert

     2 hours ago

    We have the young: Greta Thunberg, the old:Freeman Dyson...mmm...
    think I will go with the old wise man... Greta go back to school and don't worry, be happy!!!

  • miesmakuusi


     12 hours ago

    Very inspiring talk but he didn't answer the last question: how livestock gets its food from bare soil?

  • Jose Jimenez

    Jose Jimenez

     20 hours ago

    If I had your money , , ,I could GREEN the desert and still have enough to pay the monthly RENT on my house. . . . . .



     21 hours ago

    So it's the vegan's that are killing the planet, not farmers raising cattle and other livestock. Wow, that's a turn of events.

  • J James

    J James


    When the land is bare how do you feed the animals with which to begin?

  • Trace Williams

    Trace Williams


    This is genius!!! Hope for mankind and our kid’s futures...

  • Brian Ward

    Brian Ward

     yesterday +3

    Release the Cows
    once we stop "owning the earth" and start working with it, then we can reverse the damages.
    Look into the forest for the answer

    adding layers of wood chips and organic material will hold in moisture and create a micro organic ecosystem that will grow.
    I believe the natives were right to follow the heards, not to capture and control the way we do.
    We too are animals

  • gelo fernan

    gelo fernan


    I now want to be a Biologist and apply this to Aussie’s barren midlands

  • Patricia et Colin Clegg

    Patricia et Colin Clegg


    I hope some kind person could translate this lecture into Portuguese ?

  • Ruslan Nabiev

    Ruslan Nabiev

     yesterday +1

    This is why capitalism doesn’t work lads.

  • jvg6 jvg6

    jvg6 jvg6

     2 days ago +1

    Eat more meat and safe the planet !!

  • N B

    N B

     3 days ago

    2013???????? Why am i only hearing about this now. Also on a side note does this mean vegans are killing the planet?

  • Habibilli


     3 days ago +1

    He's absolutely right, although in Australia, our rainfall is pathetic.

  • FuzzyFTW


     3 days ago

    veganism must be stopped before it destroys the planet

  • Frank Latimer

    Frank Latimer

     3 days ago

    Theres no climate off you go and spin your cow dunes to the Martin's.

    Trump is king.. thankgod.

  • bailey7175


     3 days ago +1

    Aoc and Greta, put down your tissues and watch this, you might learn something:)

  • Armin Niehaus

    Armin Niehaus

     4 days ago

    Europe is drinking its own manure, whilst Africa is in high need of it. First time I heard of the problem was 1972. Europe is unable to find a solution.

  • BigMarujo


     4 days ago

    The UN is much more interested in maintaining the climate emergency on global warming and the income of one hundred billion dollars annually from countries looted economically based on this global lie

  • K D

    K D

     4 days ago +2

    Hello Ted,, that's right, the real problem is the ongoing deforestation and concreting of the earth's land mass, co2 is not a pollutant for life on earth in quantities that have been proven to sustain the most abundant presence of life in history.
    No greens means no grazing animals which are the perfect natural compost makers.
    Of course when there are no trees and other greenery enough left to absorb co2 than we have a problem.
    A international group of governments are making the people believe that the levels of co2 are too high instead of the levels of concrete, I say the levels of greenery and life stocks are too low.
    Instead of lowering our emissions of the building blocks of life we should increase the level of green plants and grazing animals.
    That's why I'm constantly planting trees and other greenery composting their waste materials myself in compost heaps.