Cultural Resources Climate Change Task Force

Climate Heritage Network - Join the Call for Climate Action!

On October 24 and 25, 2019, leaders in the arts, culture, and heritage sectors came together in Edinburgh, Scotland, to launch the Climate Heritage Network. Co-hosted by California State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco, and Ewan Hyslop of Historic Environment Scotland, the two-day event served as a catalyst for mobilizing the cultural and heritage sectors to help communities address the realities and impacts of climate change, and meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
View the video of the launch symposium.

The Climate Heritage Network provides a free, voluntary platform from which those in the cultural and heritage sectors can work together to tackle climate change, and support just and equitable transitions by communities toward low carbon, climate resilient futures. We invite you to join the Network and become part of the solution!

Read further on this page to learn about the work of the Cultural Resources Climate Change Task Force, and California's efforts to address the climate crisis.


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Addressing Climate Change in California

Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update, developed by 38 agencies across state government, is a holistic plan of ongoing actions and recommendations that protect infrastructure, communities, services, and the natural environment from climate change. The plan is intended to serve as a durable guide for state government that both makes its efforts transparent to the public and holds agencies accountable for real progress.  One initiative set forth in this document is the establishment of the Cultural Resources Climate Change Task Force.  Led by the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), with participation of partner state agencies, the Task Force is charged with considering the intersection of cultural resources and climate change to create mitigation and adaptation measures to advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.  A Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategic Plan (Plan) is envisioned for completion to coincide with the next update of Safeguarding California. The overall strategy will be to develop and implement non-traditional ways to address the state’s cultural resources before they suffer irreversible effects of climate change. Learn more about the Safeguarding California initiative.

Joining the Global Call for Climate Action

In September 2018, the Global Climate Action Summit was held at multiple venues throughout San Francisco, with various additional climate related events held around the city. This international event brought together leaders and people from around the globe and from a variety of public and private sectors to make a united call for climate action. The OHP, along with many national and international partners, facilitated an officially affiliated session, Climate Heritage Mobilization. The Mobilization session continued an already building conversation around the intersection of culture, preservation, and climate change.  The session had three goals: 1) Introduce the Cultural Resources Climate Change Task Force; 2) Introduce the Climate Heritage Network; and 3) Provide thoughtful input on the subject to the Talanoa Dialogue in advance of COP 24 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Katowice, Poland. All three goals were successfully realized.

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Links to the videos are embedded in the Program. Click here: Climate Heritage Mobilization Programto access the individual program sections. To see the video of a section in its entirety, click on the blue-lined section title. For video of a specific speaker or moderator's comments, click on that individual's blue-lined name. Hear from some of the leading voices worldwide on the challenges concerning climate change and cultural heritage resources!