Hope in a world of crisis: Water cycle restoration

“Zach Weiss, an ecological warrior, emphasizes the tendency of the western world to practice symptom-based medicine. He stresses that there are actionable steps each of us can take to lessen the effects of climate change by shifting our efforts from symptom-based action to truly understanding the root cause. Zach Weiss blends a unique combination of systems thinking, empathy, and awareness to specialize in watershed restoration and ecosystem regeneration. Harvesting time and the productivity of natural systems is the guiding principle. The result? Abundant oases that produce for many lifetimes. Zach is a passionate advocate for nature, striving to harmonize human relationships with the living world around us. Growing up in the woodlands of Vermont shaped Zach’s perspective and taught him to look to nature first for answers. A chance to work with the revolutionary Austrian farmer Sepp Holzer empowered Zach with the vision and skills to restore and revive degraded landscapes. Zach created Elemental Ecosystems, an ecological development contracting and consulting firm, to provide an action-oriented process to enhance clients’ relationship with their landscape. Elemental Ecosystems has worked on projects in more than 25 countries, spanning 6 continents and a wide range of climates, contexts, and ecosystems. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.”