Hanging Bridge

As part of our photo contest, we’re featuring some of our favorites here on the blog. Every week we’ll be bringing you another photo that in one way or another reflects our mission statement: educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

This year’s symposium addresses the extinction crisis. Most people associate extinction primarily with loss of habitat and animal species due to human expansion and mismanagement of resources, but another type of extinction that is often overlooked is culture extinction. It is estimated that half of the approximately 6,000 languages currently spoken will disappear within this century; often, when a language goes, the culture of the people speaking it dissolves, as well. This photo represents a culture worth preserving, certainly, and one that seeks to celebrate and preserve its longstanding historical traditions. There seems to be more than a little adventure involved in crossing that bridge, too!

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