We welcome John Liu to The Green Living Lab for this special evening to discuss the value of living systems as opposed to nonliving systems. As John states, “it is literally an issue of Life and Death”.
John is a Fellow of The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation based in Amsterdam. As a soil scientist and filmmaker, he has travelled the world to document large-scale ecosystem restoration projects and is leading the citizen-driven movement Ecosystem Restoration Camps to increase biodiversity, biomass, and soil organic matter in order to mitigate and adapt to human-induced climate change.
The Green Living Lab is the last fertile natural location in the Zuidas financial district in Amsterdam where food can be still grown in the ground as it has not been polluted by industry. Above all it provides valuable ecosystem services for the thousands of people who work, study and live in the area. The small, natural green space of the GLL helps to cool the local climate, captures and absorbs water from excess flooding, and it is a carbon sink in an otherwise built-up concrete area. Birds including the Common Whitethroat (Grasmus) and the Melodious Warbler (Orpheusspotvogel) visit regularly to enjoy this nature paradise in the city.
This location has been the inspiration for research by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam into the health of students, the base of sustainable and nature education programmes for primary school children and for university students, a place where local businesses have come to work in nature, where students have studied optimally in a green environment, and its unique natural green space provides a relaxing and grounding place for people to connect with nature, to shake off stress and increase their well-being.
What is the value of the nature at The Green Living Lab location, for the people of Zuidas and for the city of Amsterdam?
We will discuss this with John, and how we can come together to ensure that historical natural sites like The Green Living Lab are valued in a meaningful way before it is too late. The Green Living Lab is a symbol of our collective commitment to living in a sustainable city.
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For info on John and his work, please see: https://www.7vortex.com/…/75c28b51-0836-40bd-bfd2-9c01…/view and: https://knaw.academia.edu/JohnDLiu
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