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      Climate + Environment

      Climate change and environmental crisis directly impacts our community and the lives of millions around the world.

      As part of our Climate + Environment initiative, PEM is hosting special exhibitions and programs about our changing relationship to the natural world to spark conversation, motivate action and inspire creative solutions.

      What we’ve done

      • PEM was awarded the inaugural Mass Save Climate Leader® Award for energy efficiency in October 2022.
      • PEM’s current efforts to reduce CO2 emissions will have the equivalent of recharging nearly 1 billion smartphones.
      • Partnering with the city and local organizations for the annual Preservation in Changing Climate: Salem Conference. Previously hosted the 2021, 2022, and 2023 conferences
      • Initiated the Climate + Environment Ideators in 2021. This museum-wide staff group meets regularly to share information, discuss new opportunities and propose ideas to help make PEM a more sustainable and climate-forward institution.
      • UMass Amherst native bee expert concluded PEM’s historic Ropes Mansion Garden has a wide and varied bee population, which illustrates a healthy example of how people and pollinators can co-exist and aid one another.
      • During annual “Cut Down Day” at Ropes Mansion, which prepares the garden for winter, PEM’s head gardener harvested milkweed seeds and sent packages to the Save Our Monarchs and the Monarch Watch foundations, which help endangered monarch butterflies.


      There’s lots more to come

      We hope you’ll join us as we learn together, exploring topics like preserving biodiversity, environmental justice, coastal vulnerability and more. Check back here for upcoming climate-focused events, guest speakers and exhibitions.

      Follow along on social media using #PEMClimate

      Related exhibitions

      Our Time on Earth

      Exhibition

      Our Time on Earth

      On view through June 9, 2024

      Exhibition

      Our Time on Earth

      On view through June 9, 2024

      Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees

      Exhibition

      Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees

      On view now | Public Art Installation

      Exhibition

      Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees

      On view now | Public Art Installation

      Bats! exhibition

      Exhibition

      Bats!

      On view through July 28, 2024

      Exhibition

      Bats!

      On view through July 28, 2024

      The Pod

      Exhibition

      The Pod

      Ongoing

      Exhibition

      The Pod

      Ongoing

      Climate Action: Inspiring Change

      Past Exhibition

      Climate Action: Inspiring Change

      April 16, 2022 to June 25, 2023

      Past Exhibition

      Climate Action: Inspiring Change

      April 16, 2022 to June 25, 2023

      Down to the Bone: Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman

      Past Exhibition

      Down to the Bone: Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman

      March 12, 2022 to February 5, 2023

      Past Exhibition

      Down to the Bone: Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman

      March 12, 2022 to February 5, 2023

      The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists

      Past Exhibition

      The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists

      November 20, 2021 to July 10, 2022

      Past Exhibition

      The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists

      November 20, 2021 to July 10, 2022

      William Trost Richards. Along the Shore, 1903. Oil on canvas. 39 3/16 × 78 1/2 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2009.1. Photography by Steven Watson.

      Past Exhibition

      In American Waters

      May 29, 2021 to October 3, 2021

      Past Exhibition

      In American Waters

      May 29, 2021 to October 3, 2021

      Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks

      Past Exhibition

      Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks

      March 6 to May 31, 2021

      Past Exhibition

      Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks

      March 6 to May 31, 2021

      Cultivating Hope, Healing and Courage with Jane Goodall

      Artist Conversation

      Artist Silvia López Chavez discusses her artwork, Undercurrent.

      Climate + Environment Talk

      Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert highlights key issues in the climate crisis and reads from her latest book, Under a White Sky. Then listen to a conversation with Kolbert, New Yorker artist Edward Koren and photographer Stephen Gorman.

      Climate + Environment Talk

      Brazilian field ecologist Dr. Marcia Macedo is committed to finding science-based solutions to complex challenges facing the Amazon rainforest. Dr. Macedo shares her unique view of the Amazon and speaks to important climate-forest interactions in the region. She is joined by soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause to explore the intersection of her research and Dr. Krause's sound recordings captured in the heart of the Amazon.

      Featured events

      Earth Vows: Mixed Media Wall Hangings

      DROP-IN ART ACTIVITY

      Earth Vows: Mixed Media Wall Hangings

      Weekends and Mondays | Select dates in February

      Our Time on Earth

      Event

      Our Time on Earth Climate Activations: Be the Change

      Saturdays | Select dates in March, April, May and June

      Birding and Habitat Restoration on Plum Island

      ECOC

      Birding and Habitat Restoration on Plum Island

      Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:45 pm

      Mini Earth Moss Balls

      Drop-In Art Activity

      Mini Earth Moss Balls

      Saturday, April 20, Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 21 from 1-3 pm

      Preservation in a Changing Climate Conference 2023

      Past event

      Preservation in a Changing Climate Conference 2023

      September 12, 2023

      Keep exploring

      PEM wins Mass Save Climate Leader® Award, Commits to Renewable Energy Contract to Offset 100% of Electricity Consumption

      Press Release

      PEM wins Mass Save Climate Leader® Award, Commits to Renewable Energy Contract to Offset 100% of Electricity Consumption

      Press Release

      PEM wins Mass Save Climate Leader® Award, Commits to Renewable Energy Contract to Offset 100% of Electricity Consumption

      PEMcast 26: Our Current Climate

      PEMcast

      PEMcast 26: Our Current Climate

      32 Min Listen

      PEMcast

      PEMcast 26: Our Current Climate

      32 Min Listen

      Curating climate change and a museum-wide environmental initiative

      Blog

      Curating climate change and a museum-wide environmental initiative

      7 min read

      Blog

      Curating climate change and a museum-wide environmental initiative

      7 min read