Cultural Heritage and Climate Change in 73rd episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series

November 30, 2021 Tuesday

MANILA, 1 December 2021 — The 73rd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” will feature organizations that undertake efforts to preserve and ensure the sustainability of our cultural heritage amid the pandemic and climate crisis.
The online conversation, conceptualized and hosted by three-term former Senator, now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, will air on Thursday, 02 December 2021, 10:00 AM via Facebook Live at and Two lucky viewers can win tablets by tuning in throughout the program.
Esteemed guests will join the online conversation including Ar. Carmen Bettina Bulaong, Executive Director of Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation; Mark Ignacio, a mason graduate of Escuela Taller; and Prof. Eric Zerrudo from Center for Cultural Property and Conservation of Environment in the Tropics.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the arts and culture sector, as heritage sites and cultural institutions were closed and local cultural events and traditional practices were cancelled.
Cultural heritage, whether tangible or intangible, is also threatened by the impacts of climate change such as strong typhoons, flooding, and rising sea levels, among other risks.
It is, therefore, crucial to consider the increasing climate and disaster risks in efforts to preserve and protect elements of our cultural heritage and determine ways to support the heritage sector. 
The upcoming episode will highlight the threats of the pandemic, disasters, and climate change on our cultural heritage and ways to address them.
As an online discussion to promote health, environmental consciousness, and climate-adaptive practices, "Stories for a Better Normal" aims to change the mindset of individuals, families, and communities by demonstrating ways in which a ‘better normal’ can be realized within our communities.
This online discussion is organized in partnership between the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda and the Climate Change Commission, with support from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, The Climate Reality Project-Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.