The Importance of Indigenous Cultures Indigenous cultures have been an integral part of the world since, well, the very beginning. Having maintained their culture and rich history, indigenous peoples live in harmony with the community and world around them. Although many cultural Darwinists believe otherwise, native cultures are important and hold a place in this world. Indigenous cultures should survive because of the way they hold knowledge and wisdom, contain valuable members of society and there have been many negative results in assimilation already. Native cultures can teach us many things, from the true meaning of happiness to the best and most efficient way to collect water.
Additionally, wildlife preservation aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of wildlife and wilderness. It is essential to take actions to protect wildlife from extinction. By doing so, we do not only ensure their survival, but also protect the diversity of the ecosystem. As a result, it will help improve the ecological health of the earth. Thus, the wildlife preservation is directly connected to environmental issues and is also indispensable for sustainable
Interconnected, associated, linked, corresponding, comparable, equivalent: all words to describe relationships in Native American communities and how they are important. Albert White Hat exemplifies how important these relationships are in his book, Life’s Journey - Zuya. In this book, Albert White Hat talks about O’mitakuye Oyasin, which means, “we are all related” (36). Whether it be plants, birds, or trees, they consider them as relatives and they work together for gathering food, providing shelter, clothing… the list goes on. Different living things and objects were respected and sometimes honored for their responsibilities in nature.
Sacred groves are tracts of virgin forest with rich diversity, which have been protected by the local people for centuries for their cultural and religious beliefs and taboos that the deities reside in them and protect the villagers from different calamities. Every sacred grove carries its own legends, lore, and myths which form the integral part of the sacred grove. An inextricable link between present society and past in terms of biodiversity, culture, religious and ethnic heritage exists in sacred groves. Sacred groves are distributed across the globe, and diverse cultures recognize them in different ways encoding various rules for their protection. Sacred groves act as an ideal centre for biodiversity conservation.
This convention recognizes the importance of protecting the history of the world through heritage and the irreplaceable importance it holds to future generations, indigenous people and human culture as a whole. This foundation is much like World heritage species’ which protects species of the world with ‘outstanding universal value.’ In achieving this, the concept utilizes already existing conventions to improve its effectiveness. In so doing, there is not the creation of a convention with little real life application and the work of the convention can thus truly be accomplished. In some cases, protecting the species might not be as clear-cut as it may seem, since some species require more effort in providing effective protection like the Bwindi Mountain Gorilla which because of a large number of person living in and around the habitat, conservation efforts are a challenge. However, the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization’s Programme on Man and Biosphere provides for ‘biosphere reserves’ which provides a sustainable way based on scientific research to conserve the
One elder of the Sioux Valley First Nations said, “The Aboriginal languages were given by the Creator as an integral part of life. Embodied in Aboriginal languages is our unique relationship to the Creator, our attitudes, beliefs, values and the fundamental notion of what is truth. Aboriginal language is an asset to one’s own education, formal and informal. Aboriginal language contributes to greater pride in the history and culture of the community: greater involvement and interest of parents in the education of their children, and greater respect for Elders. Language is the principal means by which culture is accumulated, shared and transmitted from generation to generation.
That is why the Cordilleran autonomous region is needed to concentrate specifically on the indigenous people involved. In its plans, under the House Bill 5343 (2017), section 25, there will be the development of the preservation of the cultural heritages such as establishing of libraries, museums, declaring of historical and cultural sites. This helps to secure and maintain the cradles of culture to prevent it from disappearing as land reforms happen due to modernization and over population. Also, section 119 states that the Regional Assembly shall coordinate with the local government units to encourage marketing and exportation of Indigenous products. This helps in advertising and preserving the traditional methods
The aims that the act states are to conserve the local heritage and nature. To encourage the use of natural resources sustainably and to promote sustainable social and economic opportunities by using the unique qualities that the park has to offer. It is up to the park authority to prioritize these aims if there is ever a conflict between them (UK, N. (2018). About Us. [online] National Parks UK.
This can be done through programs and campaigning such as, Clean Lahore Campaign. Analysis: The above policy measures are referred to The National Environment Policy, 2005, other than these policy measures, Pakistan is working on environmental issues with the collaboration of UNDP to provide sustainable environment to the people of Pakistan. Protecting ecosystems and natural resource management are the focus areas of this collaboration. According to my research, Pakistan has a well-developed environment sector which is practical to environmental issues such as climate change, deforestation, water pollution, air pollution, waste management and many other types of environmental degradation. Apart from these policy measures, we as a society must take part in creating sustainable environment for us and for our future generations.