Registrations for the Climate.Culture.Peace conference (24-28 January 2022) are now open! Register for free for Climate.Culture.Peace and join us in the sharing of stories, experiences, and viewpoints on global climate change, which affects us all. The conference, organized by ICCROM, will foster a welcoming and interactive digital space and includes a diverse range of interesting and informative sessions in order to exchange knowledge and share experiences, practices, and research. Through this unique initiative, you will learn more about and explore the interconnections between culture, climate change, peace, and disaster resilience.
The wide range of interactive sessions includes a Youth Forum, workshops, thematic and panel presentations, discussions and ignite talks, dreamcatcher exercises and climate open mics.
This initiative is generously supported by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and seeks participation from all CPF target countries.
Why This Focus?
An existential threat to life on Earth, the climate crisis is widespread and intensifying. There has been a significant rise in heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, floods and cyclones, indicating our increasing vulnerability and exposure to disaster risk. The unprecedented rise in sea levels is threatening most coastal settlements – cities like Alexandria and Venice could disappear forever. Environmental stresses caused by climate change, contribute to food insecurity, displacement and unemployment, thereby feeding into the root causes of an existing conflict or giving rise to new tensions.
Climate change, therefore, must be seen as a complex problem that has intertwined social, cultural, environmental, and economic underpinnings. Culture fuels creativity and connection. Climate change has become one of the primary threats for culture. Culture and heritage shape our perceptions of, and responses to, climate change and the environmental variability it is bringing. But major global approaches are not yet recognizing the influence of culture and heritage on climate action.
Marcy Rockman (Climate Research at Co-Equal), Anita Smith (Associate Professor at La Trobe University), Catherine Forbes (Principal at GML Heritage and Co-convenor Australia ICOMOS and ICOMOS New Zealand JSC-ANZCORP), Abdelhamid Salah al-Sharief (Chairman of Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation), Bakonirina Rakotomamonjy (Vice-President of CRAterre-ENSAG laboratory), David Gandreau (Archeologist at CRAterre – AE&CC – ENSAG – Univ. Grenoble Alpes), Eugenie Crete (Civil engineer at CRAterre association), Thierry Joffroy (Scientific Director, CRAterre team / Deputy Director, AE&CC research Unit), Samuel Franco Arce (Executive Director at Cultural Rescue Center), Abhiyant Tiwari (Assistant Professor at Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management – India), Repaul Kanji (Research Scientist & Program Manager at Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management – India), Carl Ampah (National Program Officer, Culture Sector, UNESCO Office in Accra), Esmeralda Paupério (Civil Engineer at IC- FEUP Porto), Xavier Romão (Assistant Professor at the University of Porto & Vice President at International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) of ICOMOS), Eyyas Abras (WASH Officer, UNICEF & WASH Subnational Sector Coordinator, WASH Cluster, UNICEF), Richard Asiimwe (Senior Conservator, Department of Museums & Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities – Uganda), Cathy Daly (United Kingdom Senior Lecturer in Conservation at University of Lincoln),Ksenia Chmutina (Reader in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism at Loughborough University), Sarah Stannage (Executive Director of IIC).