We are pleased to announce that in October 2021, IIC convened three of the major international bodies with an interest in conservation: IIC, ICCROM, and ICOM-CC, to agree a Joint Commitment for Climate Action in Cultural Heritage.
Acknowledging the seriousness of the situation we now face, the agreement mobilizes an international coalition to take swift and practical action towards sustainability and net zero initiatives.
Through our collective relationships with conservators on every continent, we already know how the climate emergency is playing out on the ground - whether it's collections under more pressure from humidity, insects and dust, or whole buildings, towns and cities no longer in harmony with their surrounding environments, but under threat as weather events that used to be once-every-century, now surface every few years. The major damage we already see is dramatically challenging our sense of what is permanent.
We also know that conservators are no different from every other profession, business and community across the planet, as we reconsider our travel, heating - and how we buy and use resources. We need to address these nuts and bolts issues of our everyday work too, to reach net zero as quickly as possible.
But as IIC's President, Julian Bickersteth, comments in the film - we realise that 279 warm words do not in themselves constitute action - this commitment is just the beginning of the necessary transformation of our profession for these times. We look forward to working with IIC members and ICCROM and ICOM-CC colleagues across the world to make the 2020s a decade of significant positive change.