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The world until Yesterday

by | Jan 14, 2013

We are inspired by Jarred Diamond’s writing: humanity’s increasing dissonance with the natural world. He describes how small groups of humans – ranging from a few dozen to a few hundred hunter-gatherers – survived several ice ages, kept close to nature and still managed to conquer the world.

I believe the few remaining tribes and nomad groups left on the planet have a great deal to teach us,” he says and it is this belief that inspired The World Until Yesterday.

Jarrred Diamond´s is not shy about pointing out the lessons from traditional societies

Some tribal customs, such as widow-strangling, will not be missed, of course. “We should not romanticise traditional societies,” he says.

There are horrible things that we want to avoid, but there wonderful things that we should emulate.

We use Earth Science technology to improve the quality of life in our world, especially the economic livelihood opportunities of the world's most vulnerable populations and the sustainable use of the natural resources of our planet. Our work is divided in six main program areas- Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation, Ecosystems, Natural Resources, Poverty & Livelihoods and Climate Services.