What does “biocultural restoration” look like on the ground? From what I’ve seen, local communities become fully engaged in the re-diversification of formerly-depleted natural habitats. They build soil, they slow water, they plant trees, they restock fish and they replenish good will among themselves.
The plants and animals around them are the subjects of discussions, laughter and stories as much as other humans are. There is a seamless extension of nature into culture and vice versa. Individuals of all ages engage in both scientific curiosity and spirit-filled gratitude regarding the bounty of nature, not just one or the other.
Compared to the compartmentalized, dualistic world that so many humans trudge through today as if it is mere scenery on a stage, bioculturally-restored landscapes invite us to participate as co-creators of something both larger, deeper and more diverse than ourselves…
Brother Coyote, OEF