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24 November 2022

Heritage Matters: Culture and climate go hand in hand

“The clue towards a sustainable future is hidden in our heritage.”

The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage is delighted to share with you the fifth article from “Heritage Matters”, a series of article aimed at identifying the challenges and opportunities of cultural heritage conservation published by The Siam Society in the Bangkok Post.

In this month’s article, Dr Johannes Widodo examined an alternative approach towards a sustainable climate action, through the utilisation of cultural wisdom passed down through generations, alongside with an abundance of cultural and natural heritage found throughout the Southeast Asian region.

Through case studies of how the Japanese survived the coldest winter and lived through the stifling summer in the past, including how those living in flood-prone areas in the Southeast Asian region built their homes, you will also have the opportunity to discover how local wisdoms can lead to the creation of an environmentally sustainable future.

The full article can be read here. 

Dr Johannes Widodo is a professor at the National University of Singapore and an advisory board member of Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance.