The need to save the planet’s remaining biodiversity is becoming increasingly more urgent and it is widely acknowledged that the fate of our remaining wilderness will be decided in the next ten to fifteen years.

At The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation (CSF), we believe passionately that while human beings have been and are an integral part of the cause of climate change and catastrophic loss of wilderness and flora and fauna, they can, and have to, be a part of the solution.

Traditional communities are the best and most effective guardians of biodiversity but can only be its protectors if they can thrive and have sustainable economic opportunity to stay on the land.

At the heart of the CSF mission is the objective to find a balance between cultural preservation and economic reality. Modernity, technology and globalisation are all realities and indeed should in many ways be embraced and celebrated.

But we must actively protect biodiversity and the beauty of culture if we are to fulfil E.O Wilson’s predication that we must not drop below saving the “Half Earth” and avoid the danger of finding ourselves in Margaret Mead's monochromatic world. Traditional societies are an integral part of the solution.

Learn more about the CSF in Mark Bidwell's interview with Chris Rainier and Olivia McKendrick which can be accessed here.

Margaret Mead, the great anthropologist, said, before she died, that her greatest fear was that as we drifted towards this blandly amorphous generic world view not only would we see the entire range of the human imagination reduced to a more narrow modality of thought, but that we would wake from a dream one day having forgotten there were even other possibilities." Wade Davis, Professor of Anthropology, University of British Colombia