Since 1950, the number of unique languages spoken throughout our world has steadily declined. Today, the voices of more than 7,000 languages resound across our planet every moment, but about 2,900 or 41% are endangered. At current rates, about 90% of all languages will become extinct in the next 100 years.
Modern advances have improved many spheres of life, but the pace of change and outright neglect have taken their toll. Our world continues to shrink in the variety and distinction of our languages and the cultures those languages bring to life. The languages we speak measure the depth of the patchwork of human diversity across the globe. After global warming, language loss is the Earth’s most acute crisis.