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Welcome to Terralingua — Your Hub for Biocultural Diversity.

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Did you know? Biocultural diversity is the diversity of life in nature and culture. It’s a living network made up of the millions of species of plants and animals and the thousands of human cultures and languages that have evolved on earth. And you are a part of it!

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Think of it as biodiversity, cultural diversity, and linguistic diversity all bound together — interconnected and interdependent. That “inextricable link” has arisen over time through coevolution and through the myriad ways in which people around the globe have interacted with the natural environment.

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We at Terralingua came together around the idea of “biocultural diversity” 25 years ago. In fact, we coined that term! We recognized that diversity in both nature and culture is vital for the thriving of life on earth, and since then we’ve been promoting understanding, appreciation, and support of biocultural diversity worldwide.

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If you, like us, believe that sustaining biocultural diversity is essential for a healthy, just, and resilient future of life on earth, you’ve come to the right place! We’re your hub for learning more about biocultural diversity, then read stories, find resources, watch videos and listen to podcasts, and more.

Featured Updates

Reverence, Respect, and Reciprocity: Cornerstones of Biocultural Diversity

Check out Langscape Magazine Vol. 11! For this issue of Langscape, we ask a big question: How can the Indigenous principles of Reverence, Respect, and Reciprocity help build a just, equitable, sustainable world in which biocultural diversity can thrive? We’ll be posting a new story every week. Read the Current Issue

Langscape Magazine Vol. 10 is Available for Purchase!

Our special anniversary issue of Langscape Magazine is now available in PDF format. For this festive occasion, we’ve assembled some of the most memorable and colorful stories we’ve ever published over the past many years, chosen by our team and our readers. Enjoy them in a new, inspiring context and with a stunning design. Buy now

Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle

Explore inspiring first-person stories from Indigenous youth worldwide! We started our Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle in 2019 as an official project of the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. The project was such a great success that we are continuing to gather and publish Indigenous youth stories. Learn More

Donate to Support Terralingua’s Mission

Yes, it’s that giving time of year! We’re reaching out to remind our supporters of the mission we have pursued passionately for 25 years now: to “promote understanding and appreciation of the vital value of the world’s biocultural diversity for the thriving of all life on earth.” If you believe that our mission is crucial to a better world, both for ourselves and for our loved ones — the generations that follow — please Donate Now

Langscape Magazine

Unique stories celebrating the bounty of diversity in nature and culture. Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices and viewpoints. Stunning pictures, videos, and art. Discover Langscape Magazine, our flagship publication — thought-provoking, inspiring, and always ad-free.

Our Work

The Biocultural Diversity Toolkit

Discover a wealth of resources and tools to help you understand biocultural diversity and learn how you can help to sustain it worldwide. Learn More

Biocultural Diversity Bookshelf

Browse a collection of helpful books, maps, reports, and other media to assist you on your biocultural diversity journey. Learn More

Biocultural Diversity Education Initiative

Use our educational resources to foster students’ curiosity and caring for the diversity of life in nature and culture. Learn More

News & Views

Get our Latest Issue: A Celebration of 25 Years of Biocultural Diversity

The year 2021 marked 25 years since Terralingua came into existence in 1996 — a quarter of a century of raising awareness of the vital value of biocultural diversity and fostering protection of the world’s languages, cultures, and all the species with which we share this earth! To celebrate our 25th birthday, we created a

Righting the Incalculable Wrongs of Indian Residential Schools in Canada

For the past twenty-five years, Terralingua has stood for the vital value of biocultural diversity—the interlinked diversity of life in nature and culture. Biocultural diversity lies at the very core of our awareness-raising mission and of our vision for a just, equitable, and sustainable world. Our work has shown that the global distribution of biodiversity

A call to photographers and artists!

Photographers and artists, have your image* published on the next cover of Langscape Magazine! We are looking for happy, festive images from around the world that celebrate the interconnection of people and nature. Submit by Aug. 31st. This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of Terralingua and biocultural diversity. On this festive occasion, we are producing