Bio-diversity is where there are enough different crops to maintain a healthy, balanced and sustainable ecosystem. Mono-culture is where a single crop is mass-planted for harvesting efficiency, but a single strain of virus can wipe out the entire crop.
Cultural diversity contains the sum total of our ancestral wisdom, dreams, ideas, perspectives, experiences, skills, and intelligence that gives the human race more strength and resilience and from which we can crowd-source the direction of our evolution.
In this TED talk, Wade Davis, of National Geographic discusses the value of cultural diversity, and the risk it faces. It is an eloquent statement supporting the CSEE Mission, in that we empower indigenous cultures to value their wisdom and traditions and give them skills to navigate encroachment of modern society.