Building Connections Between Continents and Communities in a Climate of Change
"I am an American NAI interpreation trainer who presented at Townsville. I want to thank all of the IAA members who so graciously hosted us at the conference. I learned so much from your members (and actually joined myself) and enjoyed their presentations a great deal. As I travelled around Queensland I was so very impressed with all the interpreaters and the intrep centers I visited...Thank you all for your hospitility and for teaching me so very much!"
The fifth annual NAI international conference was held in Townsville from April 13-17, 2010 and explored connections:
- between global, regional, and local communities
- between professional communities
- between natural and cultural communities
All of these connections are set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing climate framed by economics, weather, politics, and many other factors. Global climate change can refer to any of those factors, but the interpretive community must be aware of all of them as we strive to communicate the importance of understanding and appreciating our heritage resources.
The conference explored the many ways in which changing climates are affecting heritage resources all over the world, from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to America's Grand Canyon and everything in between.