Biocultural Diversity
UNITY IN
Learn More
LISTEN TO
The Voices
of the Earth
Read Stories from
around the World
Read Now
SHARE IN
A World
of Difference
Receive Our Updates
Sign Up for Our e-News
Support Our Work
JOIN THE
Biocultural Diversity
Movement

Sustaining biocultural diversity — the true web of life.

.

Welcome to Terralingua! For over two decades, we’ve been working to promote understanding, appreciation, and support of biocultural diversity, the diversity of life in nature and culture. We believe that the world’s biodiversity, cultural diversity, and linguistic diversity are interlinked and interdependent and that sustaining biocultural diversity is essential for a healthy, just, and resilient future of life on earth.

Explore this far-reaching idea with us! As pioneers and leaders in this field, we have gathered a uniquely rich and wide-ranging set of resources on biocultural diversity. On this website, you can learn the basics; browse our flagship magazine and other publications and videos; discover our projects and a wealth of tools for research, education, and practice; and find out how to get involved.

Delve in, and you may realize you’re making connections that you had never thought of before and that change the way you look at the world and our place in it!

But why “Terralingua,” you ask? What’s in that name? Here goes:

.

Terralingua n 1: the languages of the Earth, the many voices of the world’s diverse peoples. 2: the language of the Earth, the voice of Mother Nature. 3: an international nonprofit organization that works to sustain the biocultural diversity of life – a vital heritage to be valued, protected, and nurtured for generations to come. ¶ From Italian terra ‘earth’ and lingua ‘language.’

Our Work

A wealth of resources and tools for understanding and sustaining biocultural diversity

An integrative approach to teaching and learning about biocultural diversity

Supporting Indigenous Peoples’ efforts to reclaim their languages and cultural traditions

Langscape Magazine

Unique, authentic stories from all over the globe, celebrating the bounty of diversity in nature and culture — all told by the people who live and breathe the realities they portray. Novel insights. Stunning pictures, videos, and art.

That’s what Langscape Magazine — Terralingua’s flagship publication — offers that you can’t find anywhere else: a cornucopia of biocultural diversity.

Read recent posts or explore the latest issue!

News & Views

Pandemic Perspectives: Thoughts from a Young Writer in Ghana

During a pandemic, Indigenous communities tend to be among the most vulnerable, given their often-limited access to water, food supplies, adequate healthcare, and other factors. In this special “Pandemic Perspectives” series of our Dispatches, we’re sharing stories from around the world to shed some light on the obstacles Indigenous Peoples face in light of COVID-19

Conserving Biocultural Diversity

Ancient Botanical Knowledge as Living Knowledge: Medicinal Plants of Antiquity

Project Contributor: Alain Touwaide Dr Alain Touwaide at work in the Library at Soliman the Magnificent Mosque, Istanbul, examining ancient herbals and documents from which he recovers information about ancient therapeutic uses of plants Credit: Emanuela Appetiti The “Medicinal Plants of Antiquity” program is recovering the ancient therapeutic practices of healers recorded by physicians of

Social Feeds

Make A Difference

biocultural diversity
Find out more about biocultural diversity and explore Terralingua’s projects.
biocultural diversity
Browse our books and enjoy stories from our flagship publication, Langscape Magazine.
language diversity

Act

Discover how you can join the biocultural diversity movement and support our work.