This Langscape issue provides a platform for some of these alternatives to reach a wider public and make us realize that there ARE other ways of being in and engaging with the world—alternative paradigms founded on values that are not totally foreign to any of us, but that we have either forgotten, or have been led to believe no longer have a place in this world. These examples reveal that these alternative paradigms DO indeed exist and offer options to strive for a better world that includes the many peoples and life forms that share this earth. Join us as we explore Biocultural Diversity as an emerging paradigm in a changing world. We hope you will enjoy journeying with us through this special volume of Langscape, and that you too will share what you learn with others.
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Ganga Aarti ceremony in Rishikesh, India. photo: Jamie Alissa Beck. From her article A Biocultural Approach to Developement. http://www.terralingua.org/bcdconservation/?p=1493
Langscape Volume 2, Issue 12
Biocultural Diversity: An Emerging Paradigm in a Changing World Biocultural approaches to conservation, development and education
With Guest Editor: Felipe Montoya Greenheck
In this upcoming issue of Langscape, we hope to bring together some of the voices calling for transformation of the status quo of the way we live on this planet. The dominant economic paradigm is in crisis, undermined by its own ecological and social unsustainability. Some of the viable alternatives to this destructive system are coming precisely from the multicolored tapestry of diverse peoples who inhabit diverse spaces around the world, and who for the most part have been victims of this dominant paradigm. We believe that vital lessons for the future of life on earth lie in the perspectives, stories and practices of the world’s diverse peoples. We hope to weave together, amplify and honor the voices that arise from this biocultural tapestry. By giving a forum to these voices, we hope to shed light on the promise of biocultural diversity, spark dialogue, and help
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Increasingly, the Voices of the Earth are at risk of being silenced, overwhelmed by the rising tide of only a few, dominant languages. Along with the languages, also threatened are the ancient teachings that the Voices of the Earth have passed down, through oral traditions, from one generation to the next. We are writing you to consider making a donation to our Voices of the Earth project. By doing so, you will support an effort that embodies the essence of Terralingua’s biocultural diversity mission: our collaborative on-the-ground partnerships with indigenous and local communities who are striving to keep their languages, traditional knowledge, and oral traditions alive. We have been at work on this project since 2011, and the results have been both beneficial and meaningful for the communities and rewarding for us. Our partners are very keen to continue this work with us, and so are we to continue to work with them. Donate now to this worthwhile project, and help it grow!
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