Call to Action for Climate Impacts and Cultural Heritage

June 3, 2015 by Rebecca Harris

The National Trust has been working with the City of Annapolis on efforts to make their historic landmark district more resilient. Annapolis has been leading the way by specifically incorporating the impacts to, and the needs of, cultural resources into their hazard mitigation planning for properties within the 100-year flood plain. This work will serve as a model for resiliency planning not only throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, but also nationally.Building on this effort at the city level,in coordination with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the National Park Service (NPS), Society of American Archaeologists (SAA), and the JM Kaplan Fund, this February the National Trust convened national and international cultural heritage leaders to develop a Call to Action for Climate Impacts + Cultural Heritage.More than thirty cultural heritage leaders met at the Pocantico Conference Center in Tarrytown, NY, to discuss the urgent issue of current and future climate impacts on historic places. One major outcome of the convening was the Call to Action on Climate Impacts and Cultural Heritage. Stephanie Meeks has already added her name – as president and CEO of NTHP – to include the National Trust as one of the organizational signatories.

To add your name or organization to the Call to Action, please visit http://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/solutions/pocantico-call-action-climate-impacts-and-cultural-heritage.

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