This is a beautiful, 33 minute long video of Sepp Holzer's projects, philosophies and methods. English Dubbed.
In this DVD, Sepp Holzer demonstrates his worldwide ecological restoration work using "Holzer's Permaculture". The video focuses on his work with water, and how we humans have messed up the ecological balance through dams and other unnatural water features. Sepp Holzer states, "When the right water balance is achieved, than from my point of view, 70% of the work is done. Because then you've got rich vegetation and diversity." He proceeds to show just what kind of water retaining earthworks he uses, such as retention ponds, terraces, hugelkultur, and even how he would create an oasis in the desert
You will get a view into his different projects around the globe: in Southern Portugal, Russia, and Krammerhoft in the Austrian Siberia. His philosophy is, "Nature is perfect, it keeps itself in balance better than anything else can. So I have to take care that the appropriate natural predators are there--whether ducks, chicken. geese or pigs, depending on the size of the place. To take care of the population of snails, mice or rats. This is not difficult at all. Nature keeps itself in balance better than anything else can. Understand it. Not fight it." You will see the various plants he uses around fruittrees, the sunflower seed landrace he's used since the 1950's as a child, how he uses natural predators like ducks and chickens and pigs to keep.
This movie shows how to make a better world, and it's not through politics. To Sepp, there are no natural disasters. All disasters are from humans mismanaging nature, and the solution is through being with nature and learning from working with it. According to Sepp, "I don't expect anything from politics. As I see it, things will only change if children grow up with nature...because children who grow up with nature, protect their nature."
I just wanted to mention that this isn't like live streaming. It loads ahead, like when watching a youtube video. This video is hosted by Vimeo, so for those with slower/limited internet, you can set it to a lower quality and let it load for a while, and you should be able to have a pretty good watching experience.
I have slow internet, and I managed to watch this in low quality without any issues. I can't always do that with some streaming services.
I think it might be due to VAT stuff. Whatever VAT is. Paul always mentions it when people ask why things aren't available outside of the USA. I guess VAT laws shut down a website called Scrubbly that used to sellpodcasts and videos, and Paul doesn't want to end up shut down like them. (He actually used to sell a bunch of stuff of Scrubbly, but then it shut down. Which is actually why he started the digital market here on permies!)
I think there might be a loophole where someone in the USA could buy access as a "gift" for someone outside of the USA, after conveniently being given the same amount of money. But, I think VAT--or some other random government agency of sad--might not like that...
I feel like I have pulled off something pretty cool to offer a digital market of cool permaculture stuff. Making this stuff available outside of the US appears to be deadly and frankly I don't have the time for the paperwork.
It's Sepp. I can't get enough of him. The video has stunning before/after shots of the projects. It's like it says right on the tin, "Desert or Paradise."
It's a marvel to see (and hear!) the abundance and diversity he's created with these projects. I also really appreciated seeing the cross-section drawings for his designs; it really makes his underlying principle easy for me to understand.
Hearing his insight and wit is always enjoyable for me.
The missing half-acorn is just for the half-dozen text chapter titles that didn't get translated (It Does say "Dubbed" right there in the title). Though squinting at "Ekqlogische rekreation" works okay, too.
My favorite quote from the video:
"Good times? Bad times? That's just stupid, there's no such thing.
Time is always good. It's just humans... When too many people are stupid at the same time, then it's a bad time."