The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Raising the voice of heritage at COP26


INTO attended COP26 in 2021 to raise awareness of how a changing climate is affecting the world’s National Trusts, as well as amplify their voices, expertise and innovation.

The climate crisis is the single biggest threat to our global heritage and heritage can play a key role in the challenges ahead.

The voice of heritage

The UNFCCC conference is an opportunity to bring the voice of heritage to the table, and look for solutions for people and nature.

We are committed to promoting the work of our members in climate, in the best way we know how – facilitating opportunities to exchange expertise.

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Climate change is one of the largest threats to the world's heritage. We're always looking for innovation and best practice in climate mitigation and adaptation.

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Climate action in the National Trust Movement

National Trusts across the globe are working on the front lines of the climate emergency.

We look after sites of natural and cultural heritage – we run farms and nature reserves, take care of historic buildings and preserve languages, texts and paintings.

Often a bridge between nature and culture, our work is affected by the climate crisis from every angle.

These three short films showcase some of the best of heritage paving the way to a more climate resilient future.

Thanks to our micro-interns Laura Watson and Jacob Farrelly, who identified the best practices featured in our videos.  And the University of Oxford National Trust Partnership team for facilitating the research.

picture of a peat bog cop26

Going Peat-free for the planet

Peatlands are vital in the fight against both the causes and effects of climate change. This is why we've come together with National Trusts around the world to call for governments to ban the use of peat in horticulture.

Read our joint statement.

Climate resources from the INTO family

Heritage Responds - A report from the Historic Environment Forum

Heritage Responds highlights the positive contribution UK heritage organisations and their partners are making to the climate change debate and the actions needed to adapt to a changing world.

Climate Heritage Network: A Manifesto on Keeping 1.5° Alive

This Manifesto provides key messages on culture and climate change aimed at COP26 and beyond. As co-signatories and drafting partners, we're committed to this roadmap for climate action in heritage.

Save Adelaide's Trees: A Call to Action

This report as featured in our video above, is demonstrative of using gathering data through communities to shape policy debate.

"Act for Climate Change" White Paper

This white paper from REMPART is featured in our Campaigning and Advocacy film above. It is packed with case studies, guidance and ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change at heritage sites.

United Nations YUNGA Youth Challenge Badges

As seen in our Community and Education film, this badge system is being used all over the world, to inspire young people to take climate action and discover more about natural heritage.

Share your resources

The INTO network is for sharing knowledge. If you have tool and resources that could inspire other National Trusts to enhance their climate work - share them with us.

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