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    Changing Climate; Changing Life—Climate Change and Indigenous Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Higgins, Noelle (2022) Changing Climate; Changing Life—Climate Change and Indigenous Intangible Cultural Heritage. Laws, 11 (47). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2075-471X

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    Climate change has already had a significant impact on both tangible and intangible cultural heritage globally. Climate change-induced impacts on tangible cultural heritage include historic buildings being damaged by increasing sea levels, and harm caused to coral reefs as a result of increased water temperatures to give just two examples. In the sphere of intangible cultural heritage, climate change can lead communities to abandon their environment and related customs and practices, influencing how they live, eat, work, socialize and worship. Given the spiritual connection between Indigenous Peoples and their land and nature they are disproportionately affected by climate change. This loss is inter-generational, as Indigenous practices and customs disappear when communities are forced to leave their traditional homes and lifestyles. This article seeks to assess how the international legal framework can potentially address the impact of climate change on Indigenous intangible heritage. It also review recent efforts by UNESCO to address climate change and its impacts on cultural heritage.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: climate change; cultural heritage; UNESCO; indigenous knowledge;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 16629
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    Depositing User: Noelle Higgins
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2022 11:39
    Journal or Publication Title: Laws
    Publisher: MDPI
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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