from our friend Philippa Bayley:

living-language-land is a journey through endangered and minority languages that reveal different ways of relating to land and nature. We’re sharing 26 words in the run-up to COP26 to give a global audience fresh inspiration for tackling our environmental crisis. 

The project has evolved from the sense that the languages we speak shape how we understand the world around us, including our connections to land and nature. But as fast as we’re losing species from our planet, so we’re losing languages that offer different ways of seeing. Our hope is that these 26 minority and endangered words will be a rich lexicon that offers a fresh, evocative perspective on our environmental crisis – one that’s beyond the scope of the Western-dominated conversation. 

The project launches on 26th July when we will start sharing words and the stories behind them, and this will continue until the COP26 in November. We’ll be sharing words from Muisca (Colombia), Khwe (Namibia), Cuyonon (Philippines), Welsh (UK) and Mehri (Oman) languages, among many others. And we’re asking a broad range of people – artists, writers, researchers, teachers and activists – to interpret these illuminating words and ideas, and bring them into their own lives and work.

We hope you might be interested in following, amplifying or being part of the project with your groups and networks. Please let us know!