In October, PPEH and Independence Seaport Museum are embarking on a journey on and along the Delaware River to envision and realize tools to foster water justice. In this iteration of our Ecotopian Toolkit, we continue to explore a longer history of the anthropocene as we struggle to comprehend and address our contemporary moment. Might a utopian approach to global warming and social justice help us equitably navigate warmer, rising waters and build forms of refuge? What tools can STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) educators in universities, museums, and nonprofits design and develop via the history of utopia and its hope for better futures?
PPEH will support a cohort of human toolmakers to explore contemporary ecological challenges with critically attuned and creatively oriented tools, co-curate an exhibit at the museum, and develop public programs with the Museum’s River Ambassador program.