As COP26 is starting in Glasgow, the important role of culture in people’s lives is still neglected.
Culture shapes how people make sense and therefore act in the world. Often, what people consider to be important in their lives is connected to cultural patterns derived from the past – their cultural heritage.
A world being remoulded through climate change calls for two issues to be addressed using the power of culture and cultural heritage:
- Humanity as a whole needs more solidarity worldwide, mutual trust, and comprehensive collaboration to address pressing global challenges.
- People on Earth and their societies will need a greater ability to adapt to new conditions and embrace change.
Culture and cultural heritage are the key to assist present and future generations in adapting to changing circumstances, together.
The UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures is a member of the Climate Heritage Network.