Hosted by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, Climate Sensing and Data Storytelling is an all-digital series of engagements that showcase publicly engaged environmental research projects which marry environmental art and science. With support in part from the National Geographic Foundation, this digital platform features presentations by researchers, artists, and data storytellers across the nation, part of PPEH’s multi-year explorations of how  data, paired with story, can spur action on climate.

Climate Sensing and Data Storytelling is a digital convening featuring both asynchronous and real-time scholarly presentations, artist talks and moderated conversations. Participation is free and open to the public. Talks will focus on environmental research projects designed to promote public engagement and to generate conversations about environmental and data literacy and justice, including: art walks; workshops for speculative futures; dance; tours; public writing; oral history; and community science projects. Keynote address with live videoconferenced Q&A will feature award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer Amitav Ghosh. Presentations live May 1!

My Climate Story features storytelling prompts and tools developed by PPEH’s team of Climate Storytelling public research interns and inspired by pastPPEH Writer-in-Residence Eric Holthaus’s insight that “If words make worlds, then we urgently need to tell a new story about the climate crisis.” A culminating engagement in the University of Pennsylvania’s “Year of Data,” the initiative invites additions of lived personal experiences of climate change as vital, embodied climate data to the project’s public data storybank.

Making Sense is an art exhibition supplementing and illuminating the scholarly talks included in the Climate Sensing and Data Storytelling program. The digital gallery features the work of PPEH’s 2020 Artist-in-residence Amy Balkin, alongside curated contributions from other participating artists and scholars.

covid X climate features responses to the question “What’s this pandemic got to do with climate change?” This collaborative project invites thinkers—scholars (of all career stages), artists, activists, citizens of the world— to share their lived experience and expertise to collectively draw connections between COVID-19 and the set of convergent crises usually lumped under the heading of “climate change.”



Thank you to Ken Hillner and his team for their work in Nearly Carbon Neutral conference resources!