The Climate Heritage Network is a mutual support network of city, state/provincial, regional and tribal culture, heritage and historic preservation offices (together with related NGOs, universities and other organizations) committed to aiding their communities in tackling climate change and achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. The focus of the network is providing support to organizations from jurisdictions that have made concrete climate action pledges. The Network was conceived at the Climate Heritage Mobilization on the occasion of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit (11-13 September 2018, San Francisco).
In 2021, the Committee on Culture of UCLG is part of the CHN Working Group 5 on "Using Culture to Promote Climate Resilient Sustainable Development". In this context, the Committee commissioned the elaboration of a report on "The Role of Culture in Climate Resilient Development" aiming at providing ground breaking policy evidence for the role culture and heritage can play in integrating the sustainable development and climate action agendas.
This research work will be led by Andrew Potts, coordinator of the Climate Heritage Network – CHN. The report will be informed by UCLG and UCLG Culture Committee policy documents and resources, and by contributions of UCLG members and consultation mechanisms, as well as the CHN’s Working Group 5, on the latest elements of the international debate on Climate Resilient Development. A draft report will be presented at the 4th UCLG Culture Summit in Izmir to be organised in Izmir (Turkey) on next 9-11 September 2021, and the 2021 United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
On 24-25 October 2019, the Network was officially launched on the occasion of the Climate Heritage Network Global Launch, in Edinburgh.
On 4-13 December 2019, the Climate Heritage Network was at COP25 in Madrid for two side-events:
#ClimateHeritage: Mobilizing the culture and heritage sectors for climate action
Introducing the Climate Heritage Network and the Madrid-to-Glasgow Arts, Culture and
Heritage Climate Action Plan
On 13 October 2020, the Climate Heritage Network, together with other key partners, co-organized a side-event on "Cities, Climate and Culture: The Urban Research Agenda in the Upcoming IPCC Co-Sponsored Expert Meeting on Culture, Heritage and Climate Change", as part of ICLEI #DaringCities 2020 programme, with the participation of the Committee on Culture among the speakers.
More information here.
On 27 October 2020 (2:00-4:30PM CET), the Climate Heritage Network, together with other key partners, co-organized the parallel session "Showcasing exemplary local climate action by city and regional arts, culture and heritage offices mobilizing to meet the climate emergency", as part of ICLEI #DaringCities 2020 programme, with the participation of the Committee on Culture among the facilitators.
More information here.
Cities, regions, universities, and organizations still can join by signing or endorsing the Climate Heritage Network MoU (Memorandum of Understanding).