Pulsating Heart of Nature: How to Ensure Our Collective Bioculturally Resilient Future
Gleb Raygorodetsky, National Geographic News Watch, 29 November 2012

WASHINGTON DC, USA: As the environmental and social consequences of human-induced changes have become increasingly apparent, there is growing recognition that the ways of thinking that originated in the dominant, largely linear, reductionist worldview must be abandoned. Recent years have seen the emergence of a number of integrative fields of inquiry, seeking to advance our understanding of the complex interactions between culture and nature, to incorporate insights from both the biological and the social sciences and to develop respectful and equitable ways of relying on the traditional knowledge systems of communities and indigenous peoples. One integrative way of looking at the world and our relationship with it is through the lens of biocultural diversity. Biocultural diversity describes life-sustaining interdependencies and co-evolution of various forms of diversity – a view of the world that has been integral to indigenous ways of knowing – from landscapes to ecosystems, from foodways to languages. The essential feature of biocultural systems that has ensured their persistence in time and space has been their resilience. Read the article …