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What does Our Cultures do?
Our Cultures helps people from different countries to understand each other better by providing opportunities for cross-cultural interactions through a variety of mediums, including events, workshops, and visual and verbal communication. Our Cultures seeks to encourage and facilitate a culture of understanding, open-mindedness and compassion so that we can all live good and happy lives.
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Did you know that every single human on the planet, including you, has the same ancestral mother?
That’s right. Through DNA, scientists have traced our common mother, known as ‘Mitochondrial Eve’. She is the matrilineal most recent common ancestor of all living humans, and the most recent woman from whom all living humans descend in an unbroken line, purely through their mothers, and through the mothers of those mothers, back until all lines converge on one woman – Mitochondrial Eve from East Africa.
Yes, we are all distant brothers and sisters.
How did we spread across Eurasia?
It’s happened several times throughout history. First, Australophitecus arrived in Eurasia around 3 million years ago, followed by Homo erectus who travelled through the Levantine corridor and Horn of Africa about 1.9 million years ago. Homo erectus evolved into Neanderthals and then came Homo sapiens, the modern humans of today. They migrated to Eurasia and have survived until the present day. It has been suggested by the recent African origin paradigm that the descendants of Mitochondrial Eve migrated from East Africa approximately 60-70,000 years ago.
Our journey through Europe
Homo sapiens is the term commonly used to describe the earliest populations of anatomically modern humans in Europe, present during the Upper Paleolithic period. It is taken to include fossils from throughout the Last Glacial Maximum (when ice sheets were at their largest), covering the period between around 48,000 to 15,000 years ago. Neanderthals were gradually replaced by Homo sapiens (Mitochondrial Eve’s descendants) from approximately 35,000 years ago.
Americas, Arctic Canada and Greenland
After the Last Glacial Maximum, North Eurasian populations migrated to the Americas about 20,000 years ago. Northern Eurasia has been populated by humans for roughly 12,000 years. Arctic Canada and Greenland were reached by the Paleo-Eskimo expansion around 4,000 to 2,500 years ago. Their descendants apparently died out and were succeeded by several other groups migrating from continental North America. It is likely that Greenland wasn’t known to Europeans until the 10th century, when Icelandic Vikings settled on its southwestern coast.
What about devolution?
Humankind has reached every corner of the Earth. The Agricultural Revolution (10,000 BC), Industrial Revolution (1760s) and Information Revolution (1970s) paved the way for nearly 8 billion humans who are currently living on the planet. Rapid growth in the overall population is threatening to exacerbate many environmental and economic problems, including overfishing, dangerous pollution levels, loss of habitat and stress on water resources.
Is there a future?
We are not only threatening our own survival but also the survival of all other life forms with whom we share the environment. Our cultural diversity is disappearing, systematically becoming more homogeneous. The culture of modern humans is one defined also by high consumption and corrupted values. Our demand for an excess of goods and unsustainable experiences is replacing meaningful relationships between us. Multinational corporations are extracting more and more natural resources from the Earth in order to make and hoard billions, while selfishly poisoning and destroying life on our planet. You may also be contributing to wars across the world without even being aware of it simply because of what you consume and the way you consume it. Does it sounds gloomy? Well, it is.
However, we believe that it’s not too late to change.
Find out more about how you can positively contribute towards a better future. Need some inspiration? Have a look at Project 2040 for example. Most importantly, share the good ideas and practices you find with your friends and family because we are all responsible for the future of our cultures.