This manifesto served as a founding document of PPEH, and was co-authored by the first cohort of student fellows in 2014-2015.


Our nature has never been natural. The history of sustainability has been the history of fragmentation: science and the humanities, their generation and our generation, abstraction and action.

We seek to shape the new normal by cultivating curiosity, exploring emotion, and igniting innovation.

Who are we?

We are a collective of scholars, students, artists, scientists, and educators whose mission is to generate local and global awareness and engagement in the emergent area of the environmental humanities.We are storytellers, weaving the common roots of our natural heritage into an interdisciplinary narrative. We aim to be a bridge between islands, a thread among branches, a lab for reflection and action.

We are the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities.