A Field Guide to Climate Change

by Danny Cooper This summer I’ve developed the My Climate Story: Beyond Humans project using iNaturalist. I’ve been in tune with my surroundings and honed my skills at noticing the species around me. My iNaturalist account has accumulated over 150 observations and countless friends and family members have sent me species they’ve seen. I’m incrediblyContinue reading “A Field Guide to Climate Change”

Access to Healthcare and Services in Grays Ferry

By Isabelle Breier One of my projects this summer as a Public Research Intern in Beyond the Lab has been to research services available for Grays Ferry residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The services that are and are not present in the Grays Ferry neighborhood highlight the striking disparities present within the city of Philadelphia;Continue reading “Access to Healthcare and Services in Grays Ferry”

Stirring Up Dust [Part I]

If, as anthropologist and cultural theorist Mary Douglas writes, dirt is “matter out of place,” then what can be say about dust, which in a way is just dirt, airborne? How can we even define the boundaries of a place as nebulous and indeterminate as “the atmosphere?” Most importantly, how does the figure of dust (and smoke and clouds and exhaust and fog and haze) open up alternative ways of thinking about people, place, and air pollution?

Infrastructure and Public Health in Grays Ferry

By Isabelle Breier It may seem strange to think about at first, but the connections between infrastructure and public health run deep. This is because the neighborhoods, conditions, and environments in which we live have a significant influence on our state of health. For example, if you live in a food desert, or a neighborhoodContinue reading “Infrastructure and Public Health in Grays Ferry”

Transforming Forgotten Places, Transforming Learning

By Bethany Wiggin South Philadelphia’s former creeks, marshes, and meadows are almost gone and forgotten. Simultaneously, local climate impacts—including sea level rise, storm surge, and heavier and more frequent rains—are returning water to these low-lying areas. The region’s historic wetlands are getting soggy, and by 2100, they will be very wet. Heavy with centuries ofContinue reading “Transforming Forgotten Places, Transforming Learning”

How-tos for Community-Based Environmental Monitoring

by Zoë Affron Each Beyond the Lab team member joined our group with our own project proposal, but it didn’t take long for us to see why we had been selected as a group and to find opportunities for collaboration. Five interns wanted to contribute to PPEH’s Futures Beyond Refining, working with the refinery fencelineContinue reading “How-tos for Community-Based Environmental Monitoring”

Every Species Has a Climate Story

By Danny Cooper As people around the world have been told to avoid other humans due to the ongoing pandemic, many have felt closer than ever with the “nature” around them – myself included. Unable to spend time in person with other people, I am spending more time than ever outside. I’ve become more intimatelyContinue reading “Every Species Has a Climate Story”