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Hello and welcome to Our Cultures

 

We hope that this website finds you well.

 

What does Our Cultures do? 

 

Our Cultures helps people from different countries to understand each other, and the environment we live in, better.

This is to support a mature and well balanced, cohesive and co-operating society.

Our Cultures also nourishes a culture of open-mindedness, compassion and environmentalism. So that we can all live good and happy lives.

To find out more about Our Cultures, please follow this link.

 

Now dive in and get to know your migrant family.

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 (of or based on kinship with the mother or the female line) most recent common ancestor of all living humans. In the light of this, she is 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.

To emphasize, 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. That was about 1.9 million years ago.

After all, 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. There are suggestions that the descendants of Mitochondrial Eve migrated from East Africa approximately 60-70,000 years ago. 

Our journey through Europe

 

Homo sapiens are anatomically modern humans in Europe. The oldest Homo sapiens fossils that anthropologists have found date to around 315,000 years ago. 

However, our lineage likely extends further back in time — we only don’t have the fossils to prove it.

As a result of Homo sapiens being present, the Neanderthals were gradually replaced by them. That means replaced by the Mitochondrial Eve’s descendants (our far siblings). And that was from approximately 44,000 years ago.

Americas, Arctic Canada and Greenland

 

After the Last Glacial Maximum, North Eurasian populations migrated to the Americas about 20,000 years ago. Paleo-Eskimo expansion reached Arctic Canada and Greenland by around 4,000 to 2,500 years ago. Their descendants died out. However, several other groups migrating from continental North America took over. Not to mention that Greenland wasn’t known to Europeans until the 10th century. Until the Icelandic Vikings settled on its southwestern coast. 

What about devolution of our cultures?

After all, humankind has reached every corner of the Earth. 

The revolutions paved the way for nearly 8 billion humans currently living on the planet. 

Rapid growth in the overall population is threatening to exacerbate many environmental and economic problems. And that is overfishing, dangerous pollution levels, loss of habitat and stress on water resources just to mention a few. 

Is there a future for us?

 
 
Our cultural diversity is disappearing, systematically becoming more homogeneous. The culture of modern humans desires high consumption and corrupted values. Our demands for an excess of goods and unsustainable experiences are replacing meaningful relationships between us.
 
Multinational corporations are extracting more and more natural resources from the Earth. Only 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 by what you consume and the way you consume it.
 
Does it sound 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 with your family, friends, neighbours and others.

Because we are all responsible for the future of our cultures, other forms of life and the environment we live in.

We are also inviting you to learn more about your distant family, its cultures, values and beliefs by exploring our website.

And join us at one of our events. It would be nice to meet you.

Hope to see you soon.

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