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Let’s Heal the Ethnosphere

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”

— Wade Davis

Reflect the Ethnosphere by Conscious Contributor Evy Bjorn

The ethnosphere, as defined by anthropologist Wade Davis who coined the term says “the sum total of all thoughts and intuitions, myths and beliefs, ideas and inspirations brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness; the ethnosphere is humanity’s greatest legacy.”

Intertwined with the biological web of life known as the biosphere, humanity has inherently borrowed its life source and culture from the Earth. Every society represents a unique perspective of life. Every language, song, dance, cuisine, art, and invention are all individual statements utilizing the centralized culture around them, reflecting in the global sphere that makes this planetso unique. It’s what makes every person just as equally compelling. We are all connected because of the Earth. Simply put, ethnosphere is our cultural fabric and diversity.

We’re familiar with the numerous threats to the natural world: pollution, destruction of habitats, and the effects of climate change, but what about the ethnosphere? Our cultural diversity is also being severely eroded, and at a much faster rate.

What will we become if we do not care for the planet and appreciate all of the different groups of people that inspired the culture of humanity? I recently read that a group of analysts at HSBC stated that the world spent its entire natural resource budget for 2018 by August 1st. That means that the world’s population used up all of the planet’s resources for the year in just seven months. Known now as Earth Overshoot Day, it is a global reflection that governments and businesses are not prepared for the effects of Climate Change, nor are they using natural resources efficiently.

If we do not reflect on how every individual impacts the whole of humanity, how each and every culture utilizes and adds to the Earth and its biosphere, then there simply will not be an ethnosphere to enrich upon. Together, we should strive to make positive changes in regards to both the planet and celebrating the different cultures that inhabit it in order to preserve the ethnosphere.

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Evy is the co-founder of Tribal Worlds. Her love of indigenous cultures was sparked while traveling the world as a child with her Norwegian mother. She attended conservatory at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The William Esper Studio in NYC. While at school, she began modeling and also enhancing her knowledge behind the camera; working as a Director’s Assistant, Producer’s Assistant, Wardrobe Supervisor, Stunt Performer, Line Producer and Locations Manager; always enhancing her production skills. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, she shifted her focus to documentary, reality/doc field producing, specifically working for Falling Whistles, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Buzzfeed Pictures; and internationally working for DR2 in Denmark, National Geographic International in Italy and the US. In 2015 and 2016, she worked as a Development Executive, in the non-scripted division, for Televisa International, based in Madrid, Spain. She recently returned to Los Angeles and was on the producing team for a new series on LMN. An avid enthusiast for film, culture, travel and world affairs, she has a hands on approach to work and life, that always keep her yearning for more. Tribal Worlds is the creative culmination of bringing a sense of global unity, awareness and empowerment into a tangible action project.

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