INSIDE THE GREENHOUSE | Re-telling climate change stories

Who we are

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.


Public Events

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.




Internship Program

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.

What People are Saying

"I was recently hired as an animator/video producer for a company that is the real-world version of what we always talked about in class. Even though just a few years ago opportunities like this didn't yet exist, I feel like what we did in the 'Inside the Greenhouse' project really set the undertones that lead me to where I am now...I hope a story like mine might be able to inspire some students who are interested in media as well as environment, but maybe have trouble seeing the real-world opportunities."

                                    ~ Johnny Mabie, Motion Designer, Attn: , Los Angeles, California

Johnny Mabie, Motion Designer, Attn: , Los Angeles, California

"Experimentation is vital when facing a wicked challenge like human-driven climate change and that's why the pedagogical innovation pursued by Max Boykoff, Rebecca Safran and Beth Osnes is so refreshing. In bridging the arts and sciences, "Inside the Greenhouse" captures the reality that data only frame environmental problems. It is values that largely determine personal and societal responses. The more of this the better."

Andrew Revkin, Pace University, Dot Earth New York Times

"I think it is so important to have more communication courses in environmental studies, we often do not get to engage hands-on with our mission. I think a lot of environmentalists themselves buy into the culture gap between us and the conservatives, big business, etc. but that true progress is going to be made not by alienating but communicating to everyone in a positive way".

Student Testimonial, Abrina

ITG is "a fitting way to highlight a productive intersection of theatre and environmental science."

Philanthropist Gordon Gamm

ITG is "the interface of climate and society. It melds the arts and environmental studies." ~ Andrew Revkin, New York Times