Biocultural Diversity Programme
Liz Hosken is co-founder and Director of the Gaia Foundation. She is from South Africa and was active from a young age in both environmental issues and the anti-apartheid movement. During the first decade of Gaia’s work Liz spent many years in the Amazon, where she learnt about Indigenous ways of seeing and accompanied Indigenous communities in a process of reviving their knowledge, practices, and governance systems to protect their ancestral lands. When Liz returned to her continent, she was inspired to share these lessons with African colleagues to restore Africa’s rich cultural, spiritual, and ecological heritage. She also spent precious time with Thomas Berry exploring his ideas of Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature and the need for an Earth-centred paradigm shift in the dominant world. Liz then developed and co-facilitated a three-year training in the philosophy and practice of Earth Jurisprudence and the Amazonian approach to enhancing indigenous traditions to restore biocultural diversity, rooted in experiential learning for practitioners in Africa. She has a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a Masters in Philosophy and Education for Social Change.