Through this call, the Climate Heritage Network is urging climate negotiators at the upcoming Cop28 summit (30 November-12 December) in the United Arab Emirates to include cultural heritage, the arts, and creative sectors in climate policy.
The call to action asks the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to back a “Joint Work Decision on Culture and Climate Action”, a UN process that would trigger policies and frameworks to enable culture to contribute fully to climate solutions.
The call to action states: “Culture is a powerful force that shapes all of our lives, wherever we are in the world. Yet in spite of its potential, culture has not been integrated into climate policy and planning.”
The Climate Heritage Network says a Joint Work Decision would launch a process to understand how culture is already supporting climate actions and solutions; harness cultural voices to influence audiences and consumers; unite the culture sector globally to scale up action; and influence key policies and discussions on adapting to the changing climate, decarbonising, supporting cultural knowledge keepers, safeguarding heritage and culture, and innovating with creativity.