At the heart of Flourishing Diversity is the understanding that life on earth is possible because of biological and cultural diversity, where each part is equally vital to the whole. Every species, every behaviour, every tradition and every relationship contributes to the continuous emergence of the diversity of life. This intricate interplay animates and assures the ecosystems upon which all life depends.
Diversity is not just a concept; it is the process by which Life assures itself. The modern obsession with designing scalable systems for maximum convenience and productivity is creating uniformity across landscapes, mindsets and practices that are profoundly damaging to the flow of diversity on which flourishing life depends.
Whilst ecological and cultural diversity decrease together, a modernist vision of the world organised for bureaucratic and financial efficiency is fuelling the intensification of monocultures across all domains – from education to agriculture, from cities to forests, from cultural practices and beliefs to economic values and governmental practice. This monocultural movement is steadily destabilising the very fabric of life.
As Flourishing Diversity’s indigenous partners remind and invite, now is the time for people living in societies producing these monocultures to question what drives these behaviours and to desist and change course on behalf of all planetary life. It’s time to re-evaluate what’s truly important and make choices that strengthen the interconnectedness of life. It’s time to re-imagine the systems humanity operates within, based upon the realisation that our own health, and ultimately our joy and wellbeing, depends on the health of the whole.
Cultivating a flourishing of diversity in the environments you can influence will contribute to this process. Whether in green places, uncultivated spaces, within your home or in your approaches to personal relationships, local community or work, we can each respond according to the possibilities available to resist the ecological collapse. As Gandhi proved: when small actions are taken by millions of people, profound change is possible.