SCIENTISTS OFFER NEW INSIGHT INTO WHAT TO PROTECT OF THE WORLD’S RAPIDLY VANISHING LANGUAGES, CULTURES, AND SPECIES.
FEATURE / BY MAYWA MONTENEGRO & TERRY GLAVIN /
DECEMBER 2, 2011
As cultures and languages vanish, along with them go vast and ancient storehouses of accumulated knowledge. And as species disappear, along with them go not just valuable genetic resources, but critical links in complex ecological webs.
Experts have long recognized the perils of biological and cultural extinctions. But they’ve only just begun to see them as different facets of the same phenomenon, and to tease out the myriad ways in which social and natural systems interact.
[This article was originally published in the October 2008 print issue of Seed magazine.]