Sustainability and Climate Action Community Challenge Programme

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Conservators and cultural heritage professionals inherently care about sustainability - preservation of cultural heritage is linked to preservation of humanity and our planet. We have seen the positive impact we can have as a profession by coming together to engage and discuss with open minds the best routes to tackle the global challenges we face. Now, as we tackle one of the biggest health, economic and environmental crises of our time,  what are we actually doing to be more sustainable? How can we all engage in the climate agenda?

These are questions that we have been wrestling with, but the current pandemic has made these issues seem even more pressing. 

The Sustainability and Climate Action Community Challenge aims to answer your questions on sustainable practices, examining the importance of a renewed commitment to sustainability and how we can incorporate sustainability into our plans for reopening and for the future.

The Special Interest Community for Sustainability, is championed by Sarah Stannage, IIC Executive Director and supported by IIC's new Environmental Sustainability Associate Editor, Marina Herriges, with a facilitated series of programmes and events with the help of IIC’s friends at Sustainability in Conservation and Julie’s Bicycle as well as wider partnership network in the lead up to COP 27 and beyond into 2022/23. You can find a summary of the programme activity being undertaken below.

International Community Challenge Programme   

20 September 2019 IIC Declaration: Climate and Environmental Emergency  IIC Declaration and Call to Action
24 October 2019 Endorsing partner to Climate Heritage Netork launch event. Mememorandum of Understanding (MoU) 
6 March 2020

Partner to the Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change symposium at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

The IIC Point of the Matter Dialogue was hosted as part of the symposium Heritage at Risk: A Dialogue on the Effects of Climate Change 

"Watch Parties" were also hosted throughout 2020 on Facebook.

29 July 2020

Online Member Meeting - recording available on IIC Comminity platform

The Future of Sustainability
4 November 2020 IIC Dialogue Chaired by Dr Ewan Hyslop (Historic Envronment Scotland and Climate Heritage Network)  'Climate Change and Covid-19: What is the heritage impact?'
Ongoing Special blogs posts and interviews with conservators -  on the IIC Community   Conservators and Sustainability 
12 April 2021 (12-4pm CEST) IIC President, Julian Bickersteth at the G20 Webinar  Addressing the Climate Crisis Through Culture

19 April 2021 (8 p.m. BST)

AGM Talk with Dr Jenny Newell, Australian Museum. (Recording available on IIC Community platform) Reaching Carbon Neutral at the Australian Museum and the Role of Conservators
15 October 2021 Joint Committment for Climate Action in Cultural Heritage: IIC, ICOM-CC and ICCROM Formal announcment, Joint Committment for Climate Action in Cultural Heritage
30 October to 12 November  2021

COP26 - IIC Official Green Zone Exhibitor, Edit-a-Thon and film release.

Film: Nothing is Stable

Report: From the Green Zone

Google Arts + Culture: IIC A Time for Action in Cultural Heritage Conservation

10 November to 11 November 2021 International Edit-a-thon : live and at COP26 Glasgow  (Green Zone)   #IICEditsClimate - 24 hour global edit-a-thon on Wikipedia

New Date (tbc for 2022) 

Webinar + Case Studies with Julie's Bicycle Conservation beyond plastics: Understanding and eliminating plastic waste

New Date (tbc for 2022)

Online meeting, part of the IIC Zoom Talks.  Further details to follow in the lead up to COP27 in Egypt (November 2022) Open Knowledge Projects and Research into Sustainable Conservation

How you can participate and contribute to the discussions

"It's more interesting to make change happen than to be swept along by it". (Velson Horie)

If you are a conservator or cultural heritage professional making change happen and are willing to share insights regarding sustainability and your most impactful actions, please get in touch with IIC's new Associate Editor for Environmental Sustainability, Marina Herriges, we are looking for blog contributors for the IIC Community,

IIC members can join the Special Interest Community for Sustainability and Climate Action here.

We are crowdsourcing the questions: you can start to get involved by submitting your questions to the online survey here, and by  actively participating in the online meetings, webinars and online sessions  throughout the year.

Details and guidance on registering for the webinars and meetings online will be posted below with regular updates on the IIC Community platform.

Joint Committment for Climate Action in Cultural Heritage

The Joint Commitment for Climate Action is a global initiative that unites three of the leading international bodies (IIC, ICOM-CC and ICCROM) within the conservation sector for cultural heritage. 

You can find out all about the announcment and watch the launch video here