Biocultural Diversity in the United States

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THE DECOLONIAL ATLAS

Endangered Biocultural Diversity in the United States, by Jordan Engel Endangered Biocultural Diversity in the United States, by Jordan Engel

This map was inspired by a TED Talk by Wade Davis, in which he said “The Twentieth Century, three hundred years from now, is not going to be remembered for its wars or its technological innovations, but rather as the era in which we stood by and either actively endorsed or passively accepted the massive destruction of both biological and cultural diversity on the planet.”

Humans have recently increased the species extinction rate to 10,000 times the historically normal rate, and of the planet’s 6,800 languages, between fifty and ninety percent are predicted to disappear in the next one hundred years.

In the mid 1990’s, ethnobotanist Luisa Maffi coined the term “biocultural diversity,” a portmanteau that she defined as “the total variety exhibited by the world’s natural and cultural systems”. The study of biocultural diversity has since helped to indentify the…

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