Cultural heritage is our legacy.
Jul 07, 2021|11Sustainable Cities and Communities
The UN Goal 11 focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This goal considers many things already seen in goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth and goal 9, Industry Innovation & Infrastructure. Such as having sustainable infrastructure available for economic growth, jobs accessible to all, and the use of renewable energy to create long-lasting cities built to support all its citizens and provide a safe environment for all.
However, it also covers an area of great cultural importance. One of the targets of this goal is to strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world's cultural and natural heritage.
Cultural heritage is the legacy of tangible and intangible assets of a group or society, inherited from past generations, such as buildings, townscapes, and archaeological remains. Stonehenge, in the UK, is a cultural heritage. On the other hand, natural heritage refers to rural landscapes, coasts and shorelines, and agricultural heritage left by ancestors. For example, the Great Himalayan National Park is a natural heritage.
Heritage shapes people's lives, feelings, emotions, food, memories and customs. It can teach us about how people of the past communicated and lived. Conservation of heritage buildings is essential because it provides a sense of identity and continuity; it also ground us to the roots of our ancestors and guides us to better ways of living and working.
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Have you visited any cultural or natural heritage site? Make a bucket list of the top 10 places you would like to see and why. Create a vision board and plan your future travels. Who would you take with you as a travel partner? Knowing and understanding the past will help us shape a better future.