In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the urgency and importance of preserving our culture. Pollution and careless exploitation are certainly undermining the ecosystems’ chances of natural recovery. However, globalization has brought strong cultural pressures that threaten to eradicate ancient cultures, customs, and traditions.
Benefits of preserving culture
Those cultures are as important and valuable as our environment. The different ways human beings have established relationships with the natural and social environment require our attention and are worthy of being cared for and preserved.
Ensure a better understanding
The cultural, patrimonial, and historical heritage that we have allows us to understand ourselves better. But it is not just a matter of privileging the indigenous and rejecting the foreign. Understanding and enjoying our historical and cultural baggage will also allow us to better adapt to foreign cultural influences, making them enrich us instead of simply copying them without adding value.
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Culture includes how we express ourselves, language, and the way we see and respond to things, our myths and beliefs, our knowledge about our natural and social environment, our gastronomy, tastes, and customs. Giving up would leave us orphans of identity and we would lose an important part of our value as individuals.
More than protecting our cultural characteristics, the idea is to reinforce and enhance them, to make them stronger in the face of external factors. This, again, does not mean that we should renounce different cultural influences, for we can do so without losing the essence of our culture.
In short, just as it is important to preserve our tangible cultural heritage, it is equally important to preserve and promote our intangible cultural heritage. This will allow us to understand where we are in the world, where we are, and how we can enriching world culture and economy in the age of globalization.
Where does the importance lie of identity?
The identity of a people lies in its Cultural Heritage. It is the set of tangible and intangible goods, which constitute the heritage of a human group, which emotionally reinforces its sense of community with its mark and perceived by others as exclusive (built, artistic, tangible or intangible, natural or natural works). Urban). It is the expression that the sister accompanies through time, shaping “her” story. Unique and unrepeatable.
Preservation means guarding and caring for something to preserve its condition and prevent it from losing its value, preventing its deterioration. To preserve is to protect and defend this set of movable and immovable property, tangible and intangible, in possession of individuals or public institutions. It has exceptional value from the point of view of history, art, science, and culture. It is said of goods worthy of being treasured to understand the past and the present of the local history.
The heritage of a people is reflected in its architecture and artistic-cultural expressions, and it is its most precious treasure: it is the memory of its customs. It is consciousness and identity as a unique society that shares a past with the landscape related to the present. Cultural Heritage is part of the landscape. It is produced by the actions of man in its integral aspect. It is testimony to all the cultures that have historically developed on a natural site or landscape, forming a tangible cultural idiosyncrasy in the natural environment surrounding it.
It is not possible to adequately read the cultural, historical past of people without understanding the nature that surrounds it. For this reason, the preservation of the elements that identify people cannot do without the natural environment on which it sits. Nature is vitally important in preserving the heritage and must play a very important role for each inhabitant since ecosystems are preserved and quality of life.
It is not to stop the process of transformation of the city or a site, but to guide it, finding a balance that considers the real needs and expectations of the moment and the population.
Providing high-value services
It makes their conservation of vital importance. Because of their high level of biomass, tropical forests help regulate the global climate. Reduce the greenhouse effect by storing millions of tons of carbon in plant tissues and the soil, prevent soil erosion, and protect micro-watersheds that provide clean water to thousands of people. If a monetary value were placed on these seemingly free services, it would be in the many billions of dollars each year.
A reward for ecosystem goods
Tropical forests also provide goods, such as wood, fibers, resins, animal and plant products; thousands of edible species of which only a fraction enter world trade: biological and genetic resources and medicines. Less than 1% of the plants in the world’s tropical forests have been studied for their pharmaceutical properties. However, at least 25% of all modern drugs have an active ingredient derived from plants.