Seeking Volunteers

Making Environmental Education Videos is not easy but it is very useful and satisfying. The Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) is looking for people of all ages who are called to do this work.

The Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) has produced dozens of films about various ecosystems, and distributed hundreds more. Over the course of nearly 20 years we have also captured thousands of hours of broadcast footage on functional and dysfunctional ecosystem from around the world.

This has become an interesting way of life and has proven to be useful to help many to learn about Earth systems and to inform policy and action at high levels worldwide.

We are working with the various parts of the United Nations, IUCN, Wetlands International, Wildlife Trust of India, Fundacion Natura Bolivia, The Global Issues Network, The Natural Resilience Initiative, The Television Trust for the Environment, and many other partners.

We are seeking self motivated, dedicated and capable people of all ages who would like to work with us.

We have much to do with our new Television Series <What if We Change?" (download 10 episodes here for your reference)

and the interactive website we work on with IUCN Netherlands called

We are excited and glad the series is going out on Citizen Television in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Namibia. But we are keen to translate all the films into Arabic, French and Spanish.

Another idea is to make affiliated but autonomous chapters of the EEMP in many places around the world.

If you are looking to join the “Great Work” of restoring the Earth, are competent and compassionate, and enjoy working very hard at something that is very fulfilling then please contact me at .

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12 Responses to “Seeking Volunteers”

  • Nicholas Mikhailovich:

    Dear John,

    I can’t seem to find your contact details to reply to the above post, but I was hoping that you could get back to me with more information about this amazing opportunity. I’ve been very inspired by your past media work to date including ‘hope’ and ‘green gold’, which I’ve also used as a teaching resource while tutoring sustainability science students at the Australian National University. I’m currently working as a young research assistant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology in Sydney, after having completed my Master of Environment degree at the Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University, and working part time for the Sustainable Development and Food Security Research Cluster at the University of Canberra. I studied biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes, and I wrote my masters thesis on urban agriculture and social inclusion in south-east Australian cities.

    I very strong going interest in ecological restoration as a means to increase ecosystem service provisioning, to work towards more sustainable aggro-ecological systems. Contributing to wider public understandings of ecological restoration, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services within aggro-ecological communities is something I am deeply interested in. The opportunity that you are describing above sounds absolutely fantastic.

    I arrived at your blog today because I have been taking time out after work this week to help an international magazine that reaches many young people globally, but is usually not environmentally focused, to draft a piece of work about retaining biodiversity as a means to support ecosystem services and sustainable agriculture. I regularly check in with your work when I’m exploring these issues. Here is an excerpt from the piece I’m drafting for them:

    “Whether we are aware of it or not as a predominantly city dwelling population in Australia, biodiversity declines reduce our capacity to draw on the valuable provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural ecosystem services that we ultimately depend on. For example in terms of sustainable farming systems, by maintaining soil health, pollination services, diversity within grazing fodder, and wind and sun abatements for livestock, while providing resilience to erosion, salinity, eutrophication, and pests outbreaks. Successes in recent times associated with natural resource management (NRM) initiatives such as Landcare, Holistic Management and Wildlife Friendly Farming have demonstrated the benefits of retaining diverse native vegetation mosaics within agricultural landscapes, to provide farmers with valuable ecosystem services and to provide structural habitat for threatened and endangered species. Unfortunately, many of Australia’s agricultural and urban landscapes have very diminished ecosystem service capacity, due to their systematic loss of biodiversity since European settlement. This makes restoration and re-vegetation initiatives championed by grass-roots organisations such as Landscare all the more important”.

    I’d love to know more about the pathway to become involved in the project! I enjoy hard work and am passionate about working towards restoring the adaptive capacity of our earth’s resilient ecosystems.


    Nic Mikhailovich

  • John:

    Dear Nic Mikhlilovich:

    Greetings from China. Thank you for your response.

    My email is

    Patrick Augenstein is a PHD Candidate who has worked with me for 5 years from writing a letter and saying that he was interested. You could also contact him to see what his experience has been.

    Let’s keep discussing and find ways to collaborate.

    Best regards,


  • John:

    johnliu (at)

    Augenstein (at)

  • Hi John!!

    While watching your docs I was thinking that these should be translated into Spanish so that they can spread here in Spanish-speaking countries. After the great experience of learning about your histories I was curious to check your website to learn a little more about your work. And then: surprise! I find your proposal to translate the videos and maybe collaborate in something more with the organizations we work with here in Ecuador.

    I’m working currently with some andean communities in agro-ecological projects and I’m studying and practicing local sustainable development in a University of here. I’m studying, learning and practicing permaculture with my friends and masters of the “Red de Guardianes de Semillas” (, one of which was trained by Bill Mollison in Brasil, some years ago.

    I’m spanish, but I live more than five years in Ecuador, and found my place and my little piece of land in a community called “Comuna Tola Chica” settled in a hill called Ilaló, very near the capital, Quito.

    With the community and the help of a net of native seed keepers called “Red de Guardianes de Semillas” we are working in the regeneration of biodiversity of the hill, protecting and conserving our 15 Ha native Andean forest and through reforestation with native trees (grown in our community nursery) the eroded slopes of our sacred hill. Here is a short video of our regenerative work:

    Well, a few years ago Sepp Holzer visited our community (here is the video: and warned that if we do not act soon the consequences can be disastrous. Our dream is to convert our eroded landscape into a forest full of life and abundance, recovering water sources have been drying over time, following the examples showed in your docs, like the incredible change of the Loess Plateau.

    I just hope we can work together and collaborate wherever possible to regenerate every corner of the planet, which means that we have a lot of work and very little time.

    Greetings from the tropical Andes!

    Julio C.

    NOTE: Excuse me because the videos are in spanish… the same problem.. why we do not have a universal language?

  • John:

    Dear Julio: Excellent. It seems we were meant to work together.

    Here is a link to download the Spanish Subtitled “Hope in a Changing Climate”.

    We are now working with the Fundacion Natura Bolivia to get it voiced into Spanish. Actually that has all been finished except the final editing. So we will have the spoken spanish version very soon.

    We still have lots of films that need to be translated. The “Rwanda Forests of Hope” and “Rwanda Emerging in A Changing Climate” are both very useful to show what happens when you take on restoration at the center of development.

    Please stay in touch. You can also reach me at johnliu(at) and also please copy

  • John:

    Dear Julio: The film “Hope in a Changing Climate” has already been translated into Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, French, German, and I believe Arabic was underway before the latest violence in Palestine. Hopefully the cease fire will hold and important work like helping the people to restore ecological function will get back under way.

    But we depend on you and others for this so please stay in touch!!!

  • Dear John, Thanks for another inspiring video, Green Gold. I have shown your Hope.. doco to many at my home during the Intro to permaculture weekends we have held at our organic farm down south in Western Australia. Today it is 40 celcius and has been above 36 for several days now, another week of this heat is forecast. The new extreme climate in my town which use to enjoy an annual rainfall of well over a meter, (70 inches in the old scale) means we are down to 450 mls of rain in 2010, and 800mls odd so far this year, coupled with searing evaporation and UV. A dramatic change in the last 5 years which nobody can deny. Now people blame cosmology and tilt of the Earth instead of the fact that millions of acres of trees were cleared in the 70′s. I have been here 28 years and have established trees on much of the 25 acres on steep hills . Now very hard to keep young trees alive in spite of innovations such as compost, mulch and drip irrigation, none of which use to be required! So I am boldly hitching a ride here on your blog as I ‘m sure you know the urgency (and won’t mind?) We are asking for help to do water harvesting earthworks, compost making, cell grazing and planting on swales, from March to October 2013. Also to document the progress to inspire others as you are doing so well. I hope you get plenty of volunteers, and a surplus to share with me! Perhaps WA locals interested in making good things happen could contact us at Merri Bee Organic Farm Nannup WA, . We promise interns good home produced food thanks to the abundant permaculture so far created.

  • Dear Bee: Thanks for sharing this story. I’m happy to communicate further and privately if you with. If I get a chance to visit I’d love to have dinner with you too! And I guess I could be somewhat useful for a bit. Let’s see what happens.

    Regardless of whether I can get there or not, I do hope that you get the help that you need. As you may know we are seeking to work with many people to make Vocational Training Centers for Ecological Restoration. Perhaps this can be helpful for you too. All the developments will be communicated and something might be useful.

    One thing that I have noticed is that many people seem to put productivity before ecological function. It might be that to reverse this concept and to work to restore ecologic function would end up restoring productivity.

    Best regards,


  • Hello John
    My name is Mariusz and I live in Poland. City Szczecin about 150 km from Berlin.
    I sent a message to you. But I don’t have response.
    I want to translate your video on my language.
    I colaborate with comunity Cohabitat.


  • Kasia:

    Hi John and everybody!

    Thanks for being such an inspiration! It´s been a great pleasure (and piece of knowledge!) to watch both docs, Hope in changing climat and Green Gold. The very same thing you described in Green Gold occures to me- I just want to learn more and more.

    Currently I´m participating in workshops in Barcelona where I live; we create a new edible garden based on the permaculture principles. In July I´m going to a trip to Balcans and then in September to Asia, starting in India and heading east across the whole continent, where I´d like to share my knowledge and learn more about permaculture. I´d also like to make some project with the people from villages where I´m going to stay to teach them how to restore the landscape and be more self-sustainable. I´m also planning to make some video tutorials. Do you know any organizations/training centres/people who work in this specific field in Asia and who I could contact?

    Also I´d like to translate both documentaries to Polish, let me know if it´s still hasn´t been done.

    Thanks a lot,

    All the best,


  • Dear Kasia:

    Mariusz in the post above has translated “Hope in a Changing Climate” into Polish. please send me your email and I’ll send you the Polish translation.

    Best regards,


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