Biocultural diversity is the expression of the bountiful potential of life on earth. It’s what gives vitality and resilience to this planet — our home — and sustains the life systems that sustain us. It’s a precious gift to be cherished and nurtured for the future of all life — us included.
And yet, we carelessly squander this invaluable gift. Life in urban environments has fostered a profound disconnect from the natural world and the loss of the “biocultural link.” Global economic, political, and social forces are rapidly eroding the health of the world’s ecosystems and cultures, and are silencing the voices of the world’s languages.
The very fabric of life in nature and culture is coming unraveled, leaving our biocultural world increasingly fragile and the outlook for humans and all other species increasingly uncertain.