Welcome! IZILWANE, which means “animals” in Zulu, is an innovative multimedia platform that focuses on connecting human beings with other species and with nature. We believe that as humans become aware that we are merely one of many species and not separate from local and global ecosystems, we will choose to live in ways that value all species.
We focus on the role of human beings’ perceptions in the ongoing loss of biodiversity, while simultaneously illustrating that our own human survival depends upon the well-being of other species and healthy ecosystems. Right now, we’re facing rapid and overwhelming biodiversity loss around the globe, as well as a great extinction of species called the Sixth Extinction, and humans are the dominant force behind this extinction.
Through our online media, IZILWANE explains not only the facts and science of the problem of biodiversity loss and the sixth extinction, but also the emotional aspects of how and why humans are causing this crisis. Through personal stories and meaningful examination of culture, we develop our relationship to other species, and we believe that the emotional connection created by storytelling is critical to awakening a new sensibility about what it means to be truly human. Hence, IZILWANE offers features, such as the article Lessons From Wolves, an anthropologist’s study of how humans perceive and relate to wolves, as well as more personal accounts, such as the essay The Human Animal and Biodiversity, a reflection upon our human nature and other species.
As a multi-media ezine, IZILWANE uses articles, fieldwork experience, academic concept papers, photography, video, podcasts, and blogging to connect the human animal to the global ecosystem. Our contributors are citizen eco-reporters and come from all walks of life. They are students, professors, scientists, artists, writers, environmental advocates and everyday people who care about animals and nature.
Please check out our ezine at www.Izilwane.org and consider becoming an eco-reporter. Join our virtual team of contributors and co-create eco-centric models of thinking, living and being, as you share your stories and experiences with each other and the general public.