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Vol. 9, Issue 1   |   Summer 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere

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Submission Deadline EXTENDED to April 20, 2020

Theme: “The Other Extinction Rebellion: Countering the Loss of Biocultural Diversity”

This issue of Langscape Magazine is devoted to exploring how people around the globe — Indigenous and non-Indigenous — are rebelling against the biocultural diversity extinction. How are individuals and communities taking conscious, powerful action to counter the loss of diversity in nature and culture?

It’s 2020, and more than ever we need 20/20 vision! With growing awareness of the devastating effects of climate change and biodiversity loss, an “extinction rebellion” is afoot.

What we are facing, though, is not only the extinction of species, ecosystems, and whole life systems. For over two decades now, we at Terralingua have argued that it is also an extinction of the world’s diverse languages, cultures, knowledge and value systems, and lifeways.

The two crises are interrelated and interdependent. Or, as Terralingua co-founder David Harmon puts it, it’s a “converging extinction crisis” of biocultural diversity — the diversity of life in nature and culture.

The more we lose the world’s languages and cultures (most of which are Indigenous), the more we lose a great diversity of worldviews that human communities had evolved to live more adaptively and harmoniously with the natural world. And the more we lose those worldviews, the less able we become to even realize that other ways of being and acting are possible.

That’s why we think that the world needs another “extinction rebellion”: a rebellion against the loss of biocultural diversity.

Of course, Indigenous Peoples have rebelled all along. They’ve been rebelling against the relentless attempts to stamp out their cultural identities, languages, traditional values and knowledge systems, and ways of life, and to deprive them of their ancestral links to the land — or to their ancestral lands altogether!

We believe that the “extinction rebellion” movement that is afoot today needs to expand to embrace this wider, crucial dimension.

On this vital topic, we’re looking for contributions that have an “edge” and are a bit hard-hitting. Don’t shy away from the difficult historical and political issues involved!

This might range from people taking a public stance with protests and demonstrations all the way to, say, a subtly “subversive” piece of artwork or poetry (in which the “rebellion” is metaphorically suggested), and everything in-between.

We’re keen to hear from Indigenous persons and others who are working on the frontlines of the Biocultural Extinction Rebellion worldwide!

Contributions can be written and/or visual media. Be aware that Langscape Magazine uses a narrative or journalistic — rather than academic — style.

Interested in contributing? Download the guidelines and fill out the form below now. We’ll review your Expression of Interest right away. If we invite you to submit your full contribution, the deadline will be April 20, 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Yes? Contribute to the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle (IYSC)! It’s an ongoing project that gives Indigenous youth from around the world a way to make their voices heard.

Contribute to the current theme of the “biocultural extinction rebellion” by filling in the Expression of Interest here, or visit the IYSC page to learn how to contribute to any of the ongoing IYSC themes!

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Download and read the General Guidelines before completing your Expression of Interest.

Expression of Interest