Cultural conservation

May 26—details

Chris Rainier: Cultures on the Edge

—7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 1

—Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St.


—505-988-1234; or

There's urgency in Chris Rainier's voice and in his call to action. Rainier, a National Geographic Society Explorer, has spent decades traveling the world and documenting cultures that have withstood the pressures of modernity. And he hasn't been a silent witness; Rainier is the cofounder of The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation, which aims to give Indigenous societies tools to document their traditions. Now, seven years into that endeavor, Rainier has a message for the world: Climate change is here, and if we don't act collectively, it might be too late for some of these cultures to survive.

"The message is the idea that it was somewhere over the horizon is no longer true. It's here," Rainier says. "What we do in the next 10 to 20 years will define not only the remainder of the 21st century but the way we live on this planet well into the future. Action is required."

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