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Our Story

My Climate Story is a public research project that encourages participants to consider global climate change on a personal scale, initiated and supported by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In workshops for aspiring storytellers from the sixth grade on up, My Climate Story has generated hundreds of accounts of how Philadelphians are experiencing climate change–and how those changes are making us feel. Climate stories from the workshops are, with author permission, included in My Climate Story’s public storybank, a resource for exploring how diverse individuals are making meaning of changes more typically measured in quantitative measures of atmospheric CO2 or sea levels and their rates of change. Workshop groups receive all submitted stories as a collection for their further development.

My Climate Story started as a public storytelling and story-sharing campaign designed to document how members of Penn’s community were experiencing climate change. Our commitment to getting people of diverse ages and backgrounds to talk about climate change has since expanded to become a series of interactive, customized workshops for climate storytellers ranging from sixth grade to university professors, creating climate conversations and guiding participants to recognize how local climate impacts are affecting their lives in the here and now–and shaping their life stories. 

My Climate Story trains individuals to become workshop facilitators in their local community. All workshops are customized and offered free of cost. Contact us if you are interested in learning more!

crocuses in bloom. as climate change intensifies we might start to see them bloom at different times every year.

The My Climate Story Team

Bethany Wiggin

Bethany Wiggin

Founding Faculty Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities & Associate Professor of German Languages and Literature

Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper

MCS Public Research Intern

Connor Hardy

Connor Hardy

MCS Public Research Intern

Tsemone Ogbemi

Tsemone Ogbemi

MCS Public Research Intern

Mia D'Avanza

Mia D'Avanza

PPEH Program Coordinator, MCS Storybank Website

Angela Faranda

Angela Faranda

PPEH Program Coordinator, Administrative Support

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