The National Trust for Historic Preservation has long recognized that our work plays a dual role – simultaneously protecting history and the environment. Our sustainability initiative is focused on sharing our knowledge of how protecting the built environment can help combat climate change. We, however, are not the only heritage organization looking at these issues – many other groups around the world are facing many of the same challenges.
And so, the theme for 2009’s International Conference of National Trusts will be ‘Heritage of the World in Trust: Conservation in a Changing Climate.’ Hosted by An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland, the conference will be held in Dublin from September 13 – 17.
Unveiling the conference program, An Taisce’s recently-inaugurated Honorary President, Professor John Sweeney, said, “Protecting our heritage – comprising our buildings, landscapes and native species – requires all citizens to take part in acts of conservation. By this, we mean taking small steps like retro-fitting older buildings; holidaying at home, or spending a morning helping to clean up a beach.
It is expected that the conference will be attended by over 300 representatives from heritage trust organizations around the world, in addition to climate change experts, conservationists and academics. A declaration will emerge from the conference which will – it is envisaged – be of significant import to the forthcoming UN Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change.
David J. Brown is the Executive Vice President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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