April 16, 2024

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Expanding the scope of planetary health education: the International Decade of Indigenous Languages

Expanding the scope of planetary health education: the International Decade of Indigenous Languages

“Language is the connection to the living beings”
Sahtu Dene Elder Be’sha Blondin, 2022

Indigenous languages are the heart of the Earth; they are like a musical blueprint of the traditional ecological knowledges that stretch back thousands of years. Indigenous languages are directly rooted in and interconnected with Indigenous Lands and waters throughout the world and, because they are verb based, they embody the processes and teachings of the planet. It is believed by some Indigenous Nations, such as some First Nations of Australia, that the Earth itself gave birth to language and culture and thus they are inseparable. Due to the interconnectedness between Earth and language, when Indigenous Peoples have the rights to their Lands taken, the risk of losing their languages increases, and the ability to protect Mother Earth is substantially strained. When Indigenous Peoples’ ability to protect the Earth is strained, it affects everyone on the planet.

Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge has been increasingly recognised as crucial in curbing biodiversity loss and protecting the planet.

  • Wilder BT
  • O’Meara C
  • Monti L
  • Nabhan GP
The importance of Indigenous knowledge in curbing the loss of language and biodiversity.