Sharing a World of Difference: The Earth’s Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Diversity – Catalan/Spanish/French Edition

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    Sharing a World of Difference: The Earth’s Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Diversity – Catalan/Spanish/French Edition

    by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Luisa Maffi, and Dave Harmon
    UNESCO, WWF International, and Terralingua, 2003
    56 pp.

    This educational booklet introduces students and the general public to the concept of biocultural diversity. It presents the idea that the diversity of life is not only diversity in nature (biodiversity) but also diversity in human cultures and languages (cultural diversity and linguistic diversity). It describes each manifestation of diversity separately and then brings out their interconnections, suggesting that all of these diversities are best understood together as the integrated whole that is biocultural diversity. The booklet points to the threats that each form of diversity is facing and to the “converging extinction crisis” of all diversities, stressing the need for action at the international level to protect and sustain the biocultural diversity of life.

    The booklet in English is available as a free download, along with translations into four other languages as well as with the digital version of its companion map, The World’s Biocultural Diversity: People, Languages, and Ecosystems.

    Downloads:  English  |  Spanish  |  French  |  Russian  |  Arabic  |  Map

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    Description

    The Catalan, Spanish, and French translation of this booklet presents the idea that the diversity of life is not only diversity in nature (biodiversity) but also diversity in human cultures and languages (cultural diversity and linguistic diversity). It describes each manifestation of diversity separately and then brings out their interconnections, suggesting that all of these diversities are best understood together as the integrated whole that is biocultural diversity. The booklet points to the threats that each form of diversity is facing and to the “converging extinction crisis” of all diversities, stressing the need for action at the international level to protect and sustain the biocultural diversity of life.

    The companion map shows the overlapping geographic distribution of the world’s ecosystems and the world’s languages (a proxy for the world’s ethnolinguistic groups). It also highlights the worldwide distribution of highly threatened languages and highly threatened ecoregions.

    The original booklet is in English, but its text is also available in translation into three other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Catalan, Arabic, and Russian (Chinese translations not available).

    Additional information

    Weight.37 kg
    Dimensions30 × 23 × 1.5 cm