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Cultural Heritage is Fragile
The world's cultural heritage is like a big puzzle. Each monument, each object,
is an irreplaceable part of the overall Picture which gives us insight into
our origins, our development and our lives today It helps us to understand and
appreciate other cultures. Each discovery, each new interpretation adds to the
puzzle and makes the picture clearer. We must ensure the protection of es ery
'ingle piece today, so that future generations may have the opportunities to
enjoy the puzzle.
Mans people are not aware that our cultural bfAp is under stress from natural
disasters such as earthquakes and floods, and from slower acting processes such
as pollution or human actions. Even the most innocent gestures such as collecting
ancient piece of pottery or mosaics as souvenirs have a destructive impact if
repeated by thousands. Touching an object of stone, metal or textile leaves
traces of grease, acid or sweat on its surface. Climbing a monument wears down
the structure underneath and can dismantle it. Writing or engraving names inflicts
permanent damage. Strolling around narrow crowded places with bulky bags or
backpacks might knock over an object or scratch a mural painting and ruin it.
There are countless ways in which one can unknowingly contribute to the destruction
of cultural heritage.
In 2020 there will be 1.6 billion visitors per year w orldw ide. Let us raise
awareness of this issue so that we may join together to protect and enjoy the
diversity and richness of our cultural heritage.