The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

INTO CAN – Climate and Nature

Climate changeProgrammes September 7, 2022

What is INTO CAN?

INTO CAN – Climate and Nature, is a knowledge-sharing programme that brings together INTO member organisations to share ideas and experiences in communicating about climate change. The initiative is a collaboration between INTO and the National Trust (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

INTO CAN builds on the success of RISE, our Reimagining International Sites of Enslavement programme and is in response to requests from our members.

Those working in communications, campaigns and advocacy, and public engagement roles within INTO member organisations come together to share their experience.

These discussions happen under the guidance of Joel Silver, Climate Advocacy and Public Engagement Manager at the NTEWNI and Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General.

Over the course of the programme, participants will engage in a series of ten knowledge-sharing exchanges, alongside those at the forefront of research and practice in this area of the sector.

These are held virtually to enable global participation and reduce environmental impacts, although we met in person at the INTO Dundee 2022 Conference and can gather on a regional basis in 2023.

Participants will also be supported to apply for funding opportunities as part of the programme.

Knowledge sharing programme

INTO CAN is an opportunity to come together as a global network, to learn from each other and share our ideas, experiences and resources so that we can develop joint solutions to common challenges.

It is a collaborative programme, where sessions and workshops are co-created by the participants, including such topics as:

  • Developing joint climate-themed projects and campaigns
  • Engaging and upskilling our staff and volunteers
  • Working in partnership
  • How to tell compelling climate stories
  • Advocating about the climate crisis – how to engage elected officials and opinion formers

Launch of INTO CAN

The launch event on 6 September 2022, was attended by around thirty INTO member organisations.  It was fascinating to hear about climate impacts in different parts of the world. And uplifting to hear that coming together to share experience was so welcomed.

We know that National Trusts all around the world are involved in the preservation and reuse of old buildings, and the protection of important natural heritage. This activity is a vital part of the global fight against climate change. And the amazing heritage places we look after, have a unique role and opportunity to champion solutions to address the climate crisis. But there is always more to be done.

Which is why this knowledge-sharing series is such an important opportunity for us to learn from one another, and share and develop common solutions.

What National Trusts are doing to combat climate impacts

Many National Trusts are already doing amazing work to raise awareness of climate change and its impacts on nature, infrastructure and livelihoods. They are sensitising communities to issues such as food security, sea level rise, habitat destruction, invasive species, water usage and the condition of rivers and wetlands.

INTO members are embarking on new initiatives to address the climate crisis, some of which may not have been envisaged as part of their original purpose but which are really vital today: planting schemes – trees, mangroves and bushland; the development of solar and wind energy schemes or water storage in Australia; efforts to reduce waste; the Cayman Island National Trust’s carbon offsetting scheme; sourcing sustainable products to sell in Indian museum shops … the list goes on!

What is clear is that INTO members want to become even better at telling compelling stories about their amazing work to mitigate, adapt and educate about climate change. Stories we can tell our staff and volunteers, the public, and policy makers and politicians. And we want to collect and present data that back up these narratives and create really powerful campaigns and advocacy cases.

Interested to know more? On Thursday 2 February at 1pm (UTC/ GMT), we will be hosting the next session of INTO CAN.

Please contact us for details of how to join.

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