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Montana Preservation Office Joins International Climate Heritage Network

Wednesday, July 8, 2020/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags: Montana Historical Society , Historical Society , History , SHPO

Montana’s State Historic Preservation Office is pleased to become a part of the international Climate Heritage Network.

The network was launched in October 2019 in Scotland by more than 70 arts, culture and heritage organizations committed to pursuing transformative climate action to restore and protect the environment. Montana’s SHPO is one of 15 new members recently added to the network.

“Preserving the historic built environment, protecting cultural resources from damage and loss, and promoting a culture of reuse are already a part what we do at SHPO,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Pete Brown. “Joining CHN recognizes these activities within their context of carbon mitigation and establishing community resiliency in a changing environment. Preservation retains the embodied energy in building materials and represents carbon mitigation compared to demolition and new construction.”

Dr. Ewan Hyslop, head of Technical Research & Science at Historic Environment Scotland and a co-chair of the Climate Heritage Network, said transitioning to a low-carbon future and adapting to environmental changes taking place requires individuals, organizations, governments and communities to work together. The Climate Heritage Network provides an opportunity to develop new and creative partnerships, strengthen those that already exist and pool expertise and knowledge from all corners of the world.

“Climate change is one of the most significant and fastest growing threats to people and their cultural heritage worldwide,” Hyslop said. “2020 will be a critical year for climate action. The CHN aims to foreground the cultural dimensions of global climate action and to create a roadmap that will allow every arts, culture and heritage-related organization to do its part. The 15 members added today contribute immeasurably to that cause.”

For more information, contact SHPO at mtshpo@mt.gov.

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