About our partners – the Climate Heritage Network

21 October, 2021

We asked the Climate Heritage Network, our partners in the Arts, Culture and Heritage theme, to tell us something about their work and their presence at COP26

Why we’re supporting the Resilience Hub

Tackling climate change requires an all-of-society-effort but too often the cultural dimensions have been missed. The Climate Heritage Network represents a cross section of cultural actors/operators from arts, culture and heritage. Our members felt that that the Resilience Hub presented a perfect opportunity to breakdown silos and communicate to a diverse audience the benefits cultural partners can bring to every type of resiliency effort everywhere.  

Why culture is central to resilience 

The member organisations of the CHN are committed to scaling up the use of culture-based strategies to build resilience.  Culture is central to understanding and implementing resilience actions, be they human behavioural change, institutional, or technological adjustments. The choices people make about climate change are shaped by culture, for instance the identification of risk, or decisions about whether and how to respond. From arts to heritage, culture can enhance adaptive capacity and build resilience in a variety of ways including:

Our hopes for COP26

The inclusion in September 2021 of the Climate Heritage Network in the Race to Resilience demonstrates the role culture can play in aiding the global ambition for climate resilience. The #ClimateHeritage Race to Resilience Partner Campaign will link together cultural actors playing their part and scale up the use of culture-based strategies to support the resilience of at least 200 million people from vulnerable groups around the world by 2030.

Every person, every community has cultural resources, from arts to heritage, on which they can draw to support climate action and build resilience.  Through engagement with COP26, the members of the Climate Heritage Network hope to help more people engage with the cultural dimensions of resilience, including climate activists, planners and policymakers who haven’t worked with cultural institutions and advocates before. Our ultimate aim is to showcase how arts, culture and heritage can help people pursue a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate stresses but thrive in spite of them.

The picture was taken in Puerto Rico where the DUNAS project (Descendants United for Nature, Adaptation, and Sustainability) supports vulnerable coastal communities in recovering their cultural heritage and restoring protective sand dunes as part of climate change resilience building.  https://www.climatesciencealliance.org/dunas

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