We are a collective of professors, students, scholars, practitioners who are committed to creative framing and storytelling of issues surrounding climate change through video, theatre, dance, and writing, to connect a wider audience to the deep and pressing need to address climate change.
We are an interdisciplinary collaborative led by co-founders
Rebecca Safran (Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Beth Osnes (Associate Professor, Theater and Dance), and Max Boykoff (Associate Professor, Environmental Studies & Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences)
Climate Communications (films, interview footage, creative works)
Courses Offered at the University of Colorado
- Climate Change and Film (ATLS 3519/EBIO 4460) offered in Fall semesters by Safran
Professor Rebecca Safran has been teaching ‘Climate and Film’ in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department since Fall 2009. Here, students explore the science of climate change through the process of producing short films.
- Creative Climate Communication (ENVS 3173/THTR 4173) offered in Spring semesters by Boykoff and Osnes.
Professors Beth Osnes and Max Boykoff teach an undergraduate upper division course with the objective of helping a cross-disciplinary group of students to understand, appreciate, and develop narratives or multimodal compositions - through performances, art, weblogs, and films. The interdisciplinary approach draws on each of their capabilities and interests to help students that seek to capture the complexity and dynamism of multi-scale and contemporary climate science, policy and politics.
For a more detailed description and to access short films created by each class, please follow this link.
These events are used to engage a wide variety of area students in effective communication strategies for climate related issues as well as integrate better the coursework and skill set of our climate communication students into a larger public production. We have thus far hosted James Balog (Chasing Ice), the Climate Wise Women, Andrew Revkin, Nani Chacone and Winona LaDuke. To see upcoming events and learn more about past events held, check out our Events and News page.
We launched our internship program in 2009. Students from the Climate Change and Film Course participate in a juried end-of-term film festival. The first prize winners have been able to participate in film and science internships all over the world including producing films about habitat fragmentation in Australia, working on the issue of fire management in forests, and producing films about a native american mural artist / social justice activis. Follow this link to learn more.