Friday, 7 March 2008

Speak out and protect the world's languages

A Pillar of Cultural Diversity
I love this poster from UNESCO for the international year of of languages showing people using fingers, ears, eyes and lips to speak out and protect the world's many languages.

"Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and the planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression – valuable resources for ensuring a better future are also lost."