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Climate Change – A Global Issue which threatens our Heritage!

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INTO has been involved in advocacy on behalf of our global heritage for many years

In 2009 at the ICNT meeting in Dublin the delegates unanimously approved the Dublin Declaration, which had been developed over the preceding year by representatives of the National Trusts from England, Ireland, the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Representatives of INTO and several National Trusts attended COP 18 in Copenhagen in 2009.

In 2011 at the ICNT meeting in Victoria British Columbia, delegates again unanimously approved the Victoria Declaration, which expanded upon the Dublin Declaration by specifically highlighting the impacts on Cultural Heritage from climate change.

Copies of the Dublin and Victoria Declarations are available in a number of languages.

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DUBLIN AND VICTORIA DECLARATIONS
In 2012, INTO reaffirmed its call for recognition of the social and cultural factors associated with the implications of climate change that have been missing in the global debate. Our position is outlined in the ‘Victoria Declaration’, which has been widely disseminated, including at the UN Climate Change talks in Doha, Qatar, and often sited.

The Victoria Declaration received unanimous support from delegates at the 14th International Conference of National Trusts, held in Victoria BC, Canada in October 2011.

The history of INTO’s work regarding Climate Change is captured in an article by the previous INTO Chair, Simon Molesworth, AO, QC.

Read this article.

 

See also these related pages: IPCC Report on Climate Change AND COP 21 Newsline


RECENT POSTS, ENVENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE

  • UN Climate Talks: We really are all in the same canoe “We’re all in the same Canoe” With these words, the Prime Minister of Fiji opened proceedings at the UN climate change talks in Bonn last week. Hosting a COP (Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) is an expensive and complicated business, so while the Pacific Island of Fiji holds the ...
  • What a Reception! Blog 7 from COP 23 Leonardo DiCaprio, on being presented with the Best Actor Award at the 2016 Oscars, rather than thanking his family etc. said this: “Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders ...
  • People Power. The 6th Blog from Bonn It is amazing how the Bonn Centre, where all the exhibitions and pavilions are based, has filled up at the start of the second week. There has been talk of 25000 expected at the COP but it seemed relatively quiet during week one. All that has now changed and the queue at the German Pavilion ...
  • A weak end to the weekend! The sun hasn’t shined yet during the 8 days that I have been in Bonn, at least not as far as I am aware although it is fair to say that in the Conference complex it is hard to know what is going on outside. At least the journey to and from my Airbnb has ...
  • Gore and More – Oliver’s Blog from Bonn The Indonesian and Fiji Pavilions have played their part in some of the more noteworthy events that I have attended. On Thursday Hashim Djojohadikusumo and Willie Smits gave an excellent joint presentation on their agroforestry scheme which is effectively about restoring deforested areas in Indonesia using sugar palm planted in a mix of other trees. ...
  • Side Events and yet more Side Events! The really impressive point coming out of this COP so far is the need for us all to work together collaboratively to stem global warming. A side event yesterday, with many speakers from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), entitled Disappearing Islands, highlighted the issues, many of which appeared in the film ‘Troubled Waters’ which I ...
  • We are all in the same canoe A second blog from COP 23 The words of the Fiji Prime Minister during his opening address at the Fiji Pavilion, which would ring painfully true if only everyone was on board. This COP is being funded by the German Government but hosted by Fiji so it was appropriate that their two pavilions should be not only ...
  • From the Rhone to the Rhine! The first of a series of blogs from Oliver Maurice from COP 23 in Bonn The journey from the Rhone Valley, where I live, to the Rhine, on which Bonn is located, has been a long excursion and perhaps not the most auspicious start to what is going to be a very busy fortnight. 3 days ...
  • Call for Presenters – Keeping History Above Water Keeping History Above Water – Annapolis October 29 – November 1 2017 An international gathering on adapting historic coastal communities to sea level rise Hosted by the City of Annapolis with Support from the Newport Restoration Foundation. October 29 – November 1, 2017 Call for Presenters Originally convened by the Newport Restoration Foundation in April 2016, Keeping History Above Water ...
  • Past the finishing line 9th and final blog from COP 22 The marathon is over and I am now back in France having had a chance to sleep, draw breath and reflect on a remarkable COP. Why remarkable? Because having never had an official side event at the conference centre at previous COPs we managed no less than 4 in Marrakech. In Durban we held one ...
  • A fond farewell to Marrakech 8th Blog from COP 22 So it is almost over. Geoff and I packed up the display in the stand this afternoon but not before we had both had an interesting morning at our various side events and through networking. My morning started with an update from the UNFCCC Secretariat and then over to the Green Zone to the British Embassy ...
  • Moonshine! 7th Blog from Marrakech Two nights ago we were watching a super-super moon where the moon appeared bigger and brighter than for many years. And it will be many years before it happens again. This morning we had a little more moonshine in the form of Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing UN Secretary General. It was his last appearance at the ...
  • Inspirational or what ? Blog 6 from COP 22 The man who has given his all to defend the world from the effects of climate change spoke inspirationally this morning to an audience of at least 800. John Kerry, Secretary of State for the US Government, gave a hugely uplifting speech on the state of play with climate change despite there being absolutely no ...
  • How time flies when you are enjoying yourself! The 5th blog from Marrakech As usual it is quite hard to know exactly what is going on at the high level talks except for what one can glean from websites, the daily bulletin and so on but it is also necessary to find the time to read them! The first week has rushed by and we are already into ...
  • COP 22 UPDATE Nov 12, 2016 – The age of new cultures – Poken I had heard of Pokemon before I arrived here but never of Poken. Every booth and side event hall in the Blue zone is equipped with a small table-top tile and every delegate is given a hand shaped USB key which, on touching the tile, lights green indicating that it has downloaded all the information ...
  • The TRUMPet shall sound! Well, well just like Brexit –all against the odds! And his statement regarding climate change has sent a chill through the corridors of the Green and Blue Zones here in Marrakech. See this for example: So do we all pack up and go home – absolutely not. The determination to resist his statement is palpable. So from ...
  • COP 22 The first steps of the marathon An encouraging start to what is going to be a busy programme. The only downside was the rain which had come down in torrents all night and continued through the first half of the morning ruining my ambition to do the walk each day and forcing me to take a taxi to the Centre instead. ...
  • The Eve of COP 22 – the elephant in the room! Well what a build-up it has been preparing the ground for what could be the loudest ‘voice’ INTO has yet had at a COP. Having been granted a side event by the UNFCCC for the first time, we have had a painstaking search for speakers; some could then couldn’t; others, late in replying. But now, ...
  • Cyd Ynni (National Trust Wales initiated and supported network) wins the Community Energy Award 2016! From Keith Jones Last night in Oxford the National Trust Wales initiated and supported network “Cyd Ynni” was honoured by being awarded the collaboration award. Big thanks go to Grant Peisley at DEG for putting the network forward but the biggest thanks go to the 5 founding community companies of Cyd Ynni who are driving ...
  • Focus SDG11 The Future We Want (Sydney Australia) Sustainability Forum to mark World Habitat Day A FULL DAY FORUM OF THREE INTERACTIVE SESSIONS LED BY EXPERT PANELLISTS AND SPEAKERS An initiative of the United Nations Association of Australia Peace Program, FOCUS SDG11- THE FUTURE WE WANT will be held to mark World Habitat Day in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, 5 October 2016. The forum will ...
  • Message from Oliver Maurice – Director of Membership and Advocacy I will be attending COP 22 in Marrakech from 7 – 18 November on behalf of the INTO membership and hope that one or two members will join me. I am currently in discussion with Andrew Potts, CEO of US ICOMOS (who was a member of the INTO delegation for the first week of COP ...
  • Christiana Figueres | Transforming growth Earlier this month, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivered the 2016 Grantham Institute annual lecture to an audience of students, academics, charity and business representatives at Imperial College London. Many thanks to all of you who attended. Watch her presentation using this link.
  • Climate Justice and its role in the Paris Agreement Anika Molesworth, INTO Farms program manager, wrote an article that was published on April 21st in Australia. Climate Justice and its role in the Paris Agreement Climate change is one of the principal threats to quality – and equality – of life on our planet. Beyond environmental problems, climate change threatens food security, water availability, health, housing ...
  • Sustainable Buildings, Sustainable Sites Webinar TWO, Lessons Learned and COP21 Update National Trust Sustainable Energy Advisor Keith Jones continues the discussion started in 2014 with lessons learned in this rapidly evolving area. We were joined by Oliver Maurice and Anika Molesworth for a debrief on our involvement in COP21 in Paris last fall.  
  • Adapting to the Paris Agreement: coping with climate change after COP21 THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS RECEIVED FROM THE INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE GROUP. Much ink has been spilled over the Paris Agreement and its implications for climate change mitigation. But what about understanding climate risk and building resilience? In this INTASight, we review the current state of play for global adaptation efforts. Even within a 1.5°C warmer world, adaptation to climate ...
  • At COP21 Anika Molesworth explained the Victoria Declaration During COP21 Anika Molesworth, our volunteer Manager of the INTO Farms program and a member of the INTO COP21 delegation was asked to speak on a panel where she presented the Victoria Declaration. Here is the video of that presentation. PDF Versions of the Victoria Declaration are available from the INTO Document Library.  
  • La Grande Finale (Oliver’s final blog for COP21) 195 Nations have adopted the Agreement. This historic moment came about this afternoon. In my final blog I can do no better than to reproduce the Daily Tck news which gives a useful summary of the outcome of the Paris talks. (Please note the INTO logo in the centre above the red bar at the ...
  • Oliver’s Saturday Report: Not Quite the End! Friday was the lull before the storm with less activity in the Exhibitors Halls but plenty going on, and still going on, at the high level debates as I write this on Saturday morning from my home in southern France. A final text is due to be produced this morning with a further day of ...
  • The Final Stretch ! Thursday December 10 While we await the outcome of the final hours of negotiations tomorrow there is still an optimistic undercurrent that a deal will be reached that will satify the majority. Yesterday US Secretary of State John Kerry called on nations collectively to hammer out an ambitious agreement. « We have to act within the next 36 to ...
  • Oliver’s Wednesday blog As we approach the climax of the talks the French COP President, Laurent Fabius, has called for a « clean text » of the Agreement by 1 pm today (Wednesday) with the final text to be delivered tomorrow in time to be translated into 5 languages for Friday when all should be wrapped up. One report ...
  • Tuesday’s Blog from COP 21 Monday was a day of eye-catching side events and while Josh was attending the Sustainable Innovations Forum day at the Stade de France, Anika, Cris and I divided our time between the various side events that we thought might be relevant to our respective roles – not always easy to tell from the titles so ...
  • Oliver’s Blog for Sunday December 6th. One of the highlights of INTO’s presence at COP 21 to date has been the  Side Event and subsequent feedback session in the UNESCO Pavilion which took place on Saturday. Anika and I gave shortened presentations of what each of us had said on Tuesday at the side event except that I included a synopsis ...
  • End of week 1 Blog Life has become, for a short period, a fixed routine. I leave my studio flat in Montmartre at 7 30 and walk for 15 minutes to the Gare du Nord. Free transport is provided for COP 21 participants so Metro to Le Bourget and shuttle bus to the Parc des Expositions where COP 21 is ...
  • Oliver’s Thursday/Friday blog from Paris Without the constant source of emails and reports from the press and others who have access to the high level debates it is always difficult, as an Observer organisation, to get a handle as to what is really going on at the talks. Climate Action Network’s  (CAN)  daily ECO report from the negotiations is a ...
  • Wednesday Update from Paris The COP is now in full swing with so many side events and other happenings taking place. In the Climate Generations space alone, 360 talks and 75 films are being shown in the course of the 2 weeks to say nothing of the Exhibition Hall where INTO has its stand, where there are 10 ‘Observer ...
  • COP21 Resources There is so much happening, so much information coming out of Paris, that it is difficult to sort through it and not feel overwhelmed by information. At INTO we subscribe to several email news summaries that are helpful. The following is copied from a summary of the latest received from the Climate Action Network Newsletter. Eco 2, COP21 ...
  • COP 21 has started and how! Yesterday while we were not marching but setting out our stall, I am reliably informed by our partners at the GCCA (Global Call for Climate Action) that: “in 2300 events in 175 countries, over 570,000 people gathered, cycled, marched and danced spreading their message for a fairer, cleaner, safer world. People of faith, impacted people, ...
  • SPECIAL ALERT: FROM BOOTS TO SUITS: MARCHES AND MEETINGS LEAD INTO PARIS SUMMIT Forwarded by Oliver today (November 27th) The Global Climate Marches have commenced with over 60,000 people marching for action in Melbourne today – the largest climate event of its kind ever held in Australia. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of others around the world will take to the streets in more than 2,300 events in ...
  • A further Report prior to the COP by Oliver Maurice It has been a busy week leading up to the ‘journey’ to Paris this coming weekend. Having circulated the membership with the news that we were looking for a fourth person to fill the gap in the delegation for the second week, I received expressions of interest from four members but none have been able ...
  • Anika Molesworth, INTO Farms Program Manager is going to COP 21 Anika Molesworth, our Volunteer who manages the INTO Farms Program (see our INTO Farms Website), is going to be a member of our delegation to COP 21. She was recently interviewed by Australian Television. Here is a the video of the interview.   About INTO Sustainable Farms:
  • COP 21, Paris – 30 Nov – 11 Dec The first in a series of blogs from Oliver Maurice In the aftermath of the horrific events last Friday in Paris, Monday afternoon was rather surreal. Firstly I took part in a teleconference organised by the Global Call for Climate Action, GCCA, (of which organisation INTO is a member) with over 60 people from around the ...
  • Ostrich or Phoenix? (Weekly blog, 8 November 2015) (c) World Travel MarketA blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General A very interesting day at the World Travel Market this last week.   Not only was walking through the exhibition space like a sumptuous trip around the world in one day, I also attended several very good conference sessions.  The first was on Wellness Tourism.   Not something I would have ...
  • International Groups Forge a Global Alliance for Bat Conservation International Groups Forge a Global Alliance for Bat Conservation
  • climate change; deal with it For anyone who has not been living in a cave for the last 30 years minimum will testify that a lot has changed in our climate, sadly, not for the better. Where the tropics had consistent weather patterns and Meteorologist could be trusted to deliver an almost accurate prediction, now we sometimes have to rely on chance. ...
  • New e-textbook about Rising Sea Level We received this notice from John Englander, Author of High Tide On Main Street and a acknowledged expert on the issues and impacts of Rising Sea Levels. • Climate Change / Ocean Impacts Blog “Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis,” my new digital textbook was just published. It is a complete reformat of my best ...
  • POPE: END FOSSIL FUELS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE AND FIGHT POVERTY This posting is taken directly from information provided INTO by the Global Call for Climate Action This is a huge pack of resources and responses.     We hope this information will be of use to our members around the globe. For more information about the Global Call for Climate Action, visit their website at: http://tcktcktck.org/ Overview   Pope Francis today released ...
  • Lessons from Cyclone Pam help Vanuatu media prepare for future events THE FOLLOWING IS A MEDIA RELEASE FROM SPREP (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme) 4 June, Port Vila, Vanuatu – Vanuatu broadcasters and media came together with the National Disaster Management Office, and the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazard Department to plan and prepare their Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans this week. Funded by PACMAS, the Pacific ...
  • National Trust launches new strategy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland The National Trust today (Monday, 23 March) launched an ambitious plan to nurse the natural environment back to health and reverse the alarming decline in wildlife – as it warned time was running out to save the countryside from further harm. Europe’s biggest conservation charity said climate change now poses the single biggest threat to the ...
  • CONSERVATION EXPERTS PRAISE UK GOVERNMENT FOR CREATING THE WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE RESERVE MEDIA RELEASE FROM WWW.GREATBRITISHOCEANS.ORG (INTO IS A SIGNATORY AND SUPPORTER) Leading conservation groups, scientists and residents of Pitcairn Island today congratulate the UK Government on its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Pacific.   The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced in the Budget that “The ...
  • Ickworth House – serious about getting off oil A new post on National Trust Going Green by Paul Southall EDITORS NOTE: ICKWORTH HOUSE IS ONE OF THE VENUES DURING THE 2015 INTO CONFERENCE. Time for another guest blog – this time from project manager and general all round good egg Stephanie Hall. Over to you Steph! Last week work started on site for the final ...

Our lead volunteer on the issues of Climate Change is Oliver Maurice:

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READ SIMON MOLESWORTH’S BLOG (Latrobe University) READ SIMON MOLESWORTH’S BLOG .


OTHER INTO PUBLICATIONS AND LETTERS RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE


Climate Action 2013 – digital copy of the report is available form the Climate Action website.


ALSO available “ECO-newsletter” CAN-International’s ECO Newsletter-Warsaw-Nov 19


Over 100 Non-Governmental Organisations have signed the “Stop The Madness” letter.


You can find an article about the need to address the cultural and social cost of climate change, co-authored by Tim and Simon Molesworth (members of the INTO COP18 delegation), which appeared on the last day of COP18 in the widely read daily publication “Outreach”.


Thanks to the efforts of INTO Chairman, Simon Molesworth, and INTO Director, Oliver Maurice, we were invited to sign an open letter urging Ministers to take urgent, proactive action to address loss and damage at this year’s UN climate talks. INTO joins organisations like CARE, WWF, ActionAid, Kiribati Climate Action Network, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Action on Churches Together and many others to express concerns about tackling climate change and its impacts.

 


“INTO is an outstanding organisation which has achieved wonders with extremely limited resources in a very short space of time. As soon as greater resources are available to it, I would wish INTO to take on an even wider global role on such issues as global warming and climate change and saving heritage in peril around the world” Matrin Scicluna, Treasurer, Din I’Art Helwa, National Trust of Malta.

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