Running the Race to Resilience Together: Communities Tapping Their Shared Cultures and Heritage for Climate Action

Culture — from arts to heritage — can help catalyse a step-change in the global ambition for climate resilience. In the past, this potential has often gone untapped, but this is changing as evidenced by the inclusion of culture-bases strategies in the updated Marrakesh Partnership Resilience Pathway and the new Race to Resilience. This event will build on these advances to inspire even greater mobilisation on from cultural actors, while also introducing those working in other fields of climate action to the benefits of partnering with cultural institutions, advocates and organisations.

Framing resilience narratives in the history of communities builds confidence born of the knowledge that past uncertainties were successfully met, while rooting resilience measures in existing community action, culture, heritage and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and local communities helps assure more effective and durable outcomes. Arts, culture and heritage can bring inclusive and people-centred approaches that support locally-led resilience work and help centre equity.

This event will feature local examples drawn from diverse voices and contexts, including food & agricultural, buildings and cities and coasts and oceans. Speakers include:

Angélica Arias Benavides, Former Minister of Culture and Heritage, Ecuador
Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, Facilitative Working Group, UNFCCC Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform
Teng Chamchumrus, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Ewan Hyslop, Historic Environment Scotland
Rim Kelouaze, African World Heritage Youth Forum
Claire McGuire, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
Shanon Shea Miller, City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation (USA)
Navin Piplani, Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage
Julianne Polanco, California Office of Historic Preservation
Rosie Paul, Co-founder and Principal Architect, Mason’s Ink (India)
+ voices of communities on the frontlines of climate impacts via the Google Arts & Culture Heritage on the Edge project.