For us at RCGD Global, culture and language are foundational elements of sustainable development, as they are intricately entwined with the social, environmental and economic spheres of sustainability.
Our conversations about sustainability should journey across cultures, age, race and socioeconomics classifications, not just across borders. When we tell more varied stories of sustainability, past, present and future, through the unique eyes of diverse cultural communities and experiences, we add alternative perspectives and represent more people along the way. Our goal is to involve or recognise people, not to exclude them.
We are excited to be working on a research project to better understand the relationship between culture, language and sustainability. Specifically, to discover how culture and perceptions can inform how you view and experience sustainability, and the role that language plays in this.
We would love your participation and perspective!
Our surveys about language, culture and sustainability are live. We would like to thank all participants who have already completed them, and we are still gathering responses. We would love you to complete the surveys below, if you have not already done so.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CULTURE, SUSTAINABILITY & LANGUAGE
A global lens has always been vital to us, and now, more than ever, we want to make sure that our work speaks to all of you, whatever your diverse cultural experience and perspective of if it is. This survey will help us to do that, and do it in a way that makes our global community feel and be, included. Please click to redirect to the ‘Sustainability, Culture And Language Survey‘ (11 mins).
ONE WORD FOR SUSTAINABILITY
We have also devised a survey to help us understand the language you connect with regarding sustainability, and we would love to share it with our community, please click here for our survey about Culture and Sustainability from your own perspective (7 mins) to redirect to submit your response!
WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY CULTURE?
To clarify, we define culture as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group… it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs. Culture is complex and influenced by elements ranging from geographical location to upbringing. Through the lenses of diverse cultures, with full consideration of age, race, class, identity, socioeconomics, disability, religion and educational attainment, we want to understand how sustainability exists for others, and how these differences can be celebrated and studied.
WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY LANGUAGE?
We define language as a structured system of communication that consists of grammar and vocabulary. It is the primary means by which humans convey meaning, both in spoken and written forms, and may also be conveyed through sign languages. We believe that if we understand different perspectives, we can form better connections.