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Globalization Kills Culture.

KENYA -- The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has warned that "nature's secrets, locked away in the songs, stories, art and handicrafts of indigenous people, may be lost forever as a result of growing globalization." UNEP warns that many indigenous languages and cultures are "teetering on the brink of extinction in the face of globalization." Some 234 known languages have already vanished and another 2,500 -- more than go percent of the world's remaining languages -- may die out within the next 100 years. The languages of ancient, land-based cultures hold irreplaceable secrets to sustainable survival, UNEP observes, "so losing a language and its cultural context is like burning a unique reference book of the natural world."
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Publication:Earth Island Journal
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Date:Jun 22, 2001
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