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Bridging the Gaps: Cultural Heritage for Climate Action


Issue 2 brief report from the PRAXIS and UK National Commission for UNESCO conference 'Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures' session on Cultural Heritage for Climate Action. The report reflects on the role that heritage—and more holistic and integrated concepts exemplifying the interdependency between humanity and nature, like biocultural heritage and cultural landscapes—can play in promoting a more sustainable development. The report features key insights, recommendations, and case studies from Dr Sandip Hazareesingh, Dr Albino Jopela, Alice Lyall, and Dr Rebecca Jones.

Exploring the Potential for Arts, Culture, and Heritage to Address Gender and Diversity in Climate Resilience and Adaptation


Entrenched social inequalities and injustices such as those related to gender, race, and class remain persistent; sometimes perpetuated in the name of cultural traditions, and overlooked in international conversations about climate change and adaptation. However, these inequalities—exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—profoundly affect the impact of and response to the climate emergency on marginalised groups. This session will explore the potential for arts, culture and heritage research and practice to be more inclusive of gender and diversity in the climate resilience conversation, including examples of reducing the carbon footprint of arts-based research projects.

Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Resilience


Representatives of Indigenous communities from across the globe will highlight the growing impact that climate change is having on Indigenous communities and their livelihoods, and the often-overlooked role of Indigenous knowledge and traditional practices to address climate change and increasing climate resilience. The event interspersed hard-hitting short films with interactive discussions with researchers and practitioners working with Indigenous communities. Hosted PRAXIS in partnership with the British Council.