Wade Davis Speaking on the Ethnosphere
Acclaimed author Wade Davis is the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. His new television series Light at the Edge of the World celebrates the wonder of humanity's greatest legacy, the ethnosphere. It delivers a comprehensive and profound description of the ethnosphere and what it means to us as a people across the globe.
Davis argues that we should not only be concerned about preserving the biosphere, but also the "ethnosphere," which he describes as "the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness."
Though four years old, this lecture is every bit as relevant today. It is incredibly shocking when you grasp that not only are trees, oceans, wildlife and ecosystems facing extinction, but also the languages, dreams, myths and imaginations of so many people, so quickly.
"Just as the biosphere is being severely compromised, so too is the ethnosphere, only at a far greater rate of loss. No biologist, for example, would dare suggest that 50 percent of all species are moribund or on the brink of extinction, because it simply is not true. Yet this, the most apocalyptic projection in the realm of biological diversity, scarcely approaches what we know to be the most optimistic scenario in the realm of cultural diversity."
Morgan Maher is an artist, designer and explorer. Born in Cala-ghearraidh, Beach of the Pasture, he currently resides in Toronto.