Idu Mishmi & Bishnoi - Listening Session

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Huxley Theatre, ZSL – Zoological Society of London

Regent's Park

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Two Indigenous traditions from India share ways of living that cultivate the environmental biodiversity essential to address climate change

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On the occasion of The Flourishing Diversity Summit taking place at UCL on the 9-11 September, join ZSL for a Listening Session led by community and spiritual leaders from the Idu Mishmi and Bishnoi from India.

Joining the speakers will be high-profile ‘Listeners’ including ZSL's Director General Dominic Jermey (CVO, OBE), WWF's CEO Tanya Steele, entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist Arjun Waney (OBE) and Devika Waney Mokhtarzadeh, trustee of the Savitri Trust and director of The Arts Club. By acting as intentional listeners, these individuals lead the way in showing the importence of including indigenous wisdom traditions at a global level.

Our host for the evening is Liz Hosken, director of Gaia Foundation.

Themes: The Idu Mishmi, living on dense forested Himalayan slopes, and the desert-dwelling Bishnoi of India, are two communities that have achieved ways of life that not only maintain their local environments, but have produced a flourishing of biodiversity not seen in neighbouring areas.

In this session, they explain how their success in living well with the other species around them is down to their long-standing cultural traditions – one based on traditional shamanism in the Eastern Himalayas and the other based on Hinduism in Rajasthan. Each will share insight into these, and the wisdom they hold.

As evidence increases to demonstrate the extent to which biological diversity maps onto cultural diversity, these ‘wisdom traditions’ come to offer profound insight into the range of different ways that people can live beautifully with the other species around them.

This inspiration needs serious consideration if modern societies are to prepare for the century to come. The speakers will also describe the modern forces that threaten the sophisticated relationships that they have cultivated with the other species around them. Legally recognising indigenous and local communities’ rights to control their land and maintain their traditions at the international level will be vital to achieving conservation goals in the 21st Century.

About the Flourishing Diversity Series:

The Flourishing Diversity Series invites you to a unique opportunity to listen, dialogue, and participate with indigenous representatives from across the world. Wisdom traditions hold many of the answers to our most pressing problems concerning the climate crisis and environmental protection. It’s time to consider them at the global-scale. From the 7th - 11th of September, Flourishing Diversity will host a series of events across London that build collaboration and help us to see what we can all do to better live in harmony with the delicate systems of this planet, our only home.

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Huxley Theatre, ZSL – Zoological Society of London

Regent's Park

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NW1 4RY

United Kingdom

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