Despite the tragedies surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as well as human-induced climate change, Inside the Greenhouse (ITG) has managed to pivot into largely online environments in order to continue building momentum and progress for enhanced climate engagement through our work. This challenging Fall 2020 semester has nonetheless been a time where we have continued with our research, teaching, (remote) events and other creative endeavors to continue to 're-tell climate change stories' in compelling and resonant ways.
For example, this past month we have partnered with Green Shoots and Fashion TV to produce content for their sustainable fashion series beginning December 15. Our involvement is being led by ITG intern Presley Church (see ITG newsletter #17 for more about Presley), the first contribution can be seen here.
Read more below on some updates on new research outputs, reflections on our Fall classes, project updates, other announcements and our ITG student/alum spotlight. And check out our website for even more!
This summer – amid many intersecting challenges in our world – we have continued to move forward with Inside the Greenhouse efforts in the spaces of research, teaching and engagement in the spaces of creative climate communications in the public sphere.
Among those intersections, we recognize that successfully advancing climate change engagement in the 21st century requires confrontation with environmental and institutional racism. With that in mind, Inside the Greenhouse expresses its profound support of Black Lives Matter (and the many movements towards racial justice that improve our world) by sharing these sources to support the integration of anti-racism into the communication of climate change.
In newsletter #17, we share some highlights of our many ongoing activities. Visit our website http://www.insidethegreenhouse.org for further details and more information. We continue to carry out these projects through valued collaborations and partnerships linking campus and community as well as the local with the global.
We hope you’re all doing as well as you can in this difficult and pressurized pandemic times. Our heart goes out to everyone, especially those directly impacted: the global COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives. This current COVID-19 crisis has shown how fragile we are – as individuals, communities, countries and global systems – to major shocks. Over the past months we have been learning many painful and important lessons.
While we necessarily partake in urgent behavior changes needed to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, we’re solemnly aware that climate change too remains pressing and urgent. While it may feel difficult to confront the climate crisis as we face this current COVID-19 crisis, there are critical reasons to continue to confront both.
To date, challenges associated with climate change have continued to impact all aspects of life. As 2019 comes to a close, we acknowledge that the collective scale of our creative efforts to confront the causes and consequences of a changing climate has not been commensurate with the scale of these intersectional climate challenges. However, in partnerships and spirited collaboration with others around the world such as frontline communities, youth and decision-makers at many scales, we at Inside the Greenhouse (ITG) have continued to build momentum and hope as we work to catalyze positive changes that help close this climate action gap.
This summer has been hot; our work Inside the Greenhouse has continued to heat up as well. We are happy to share with you another update regarding our ongoing efforts in the spaces of research, teaching and engagement in the spaces of creative climate communications in the public sphere.
We are excited to share with you another update regarding our ongoing efforts in the spaces of research, teaching and engagement in the public sphere. In newsletter #13, we share a sampling of our many ongoing activities.
Inside the Greenhouse (ITG) has continued to build momentum this fall, with many ongoing pursuits to re-tell climate change stories in compelling and resonant ways. Our fall semester activities included a number of great events along with new research outputs. Also, this fall we have been working to revamp the searchable database of projects on our website – featuring students’ compositions as well as past events and interviews – in order to make our work more accessible and useful for others looking to integrate creative works into their ongoing climate communications.
We hope you’ve had a great summer. We’re excited to continue our programming into Fall after productive summer. We continue to engage in research and activities in in order to advance wider interdisciplinary academic communities to build capacity, competence and confidence in CU Boulder undergraduate and graduate student communicators with whom we primarily work. As we continue with these commitments to foster a deliberative space to co-create and analyze creative climate communications, we thank you for your ongoing support.
Moving forward in 2018, we at Inside the Greenhouse continue our work to meet people where they are and ‘re-tell climate change stories’ from a range of perspectives. Through this commitment we seek to help make sense of 21st century climate challenges. As a key part of our ongoing efforts, we remain steadfast in our commitment to help students build confidence and competence in order to deepen our understanding of how to effectively address issues associated with climate change.
Below you’ll find some updates regarding our ongoing research, teaching and engagement over these first months of the year.
As 2017 ends, it is as important as ever to meet people where they are and ‘re-tell climate change stories’ from a range of perspectives. Through Inside the Greenhouse (ITG), we have pursued these objectives while providing opportunities for students and the wider public citizenry to make sense of changes in our climate and environment.
We in the ITG project recognize that we all are implicated in and responsible for causes and consequences of 21st century climate change. We nurture ITG as a place for growing new ideas and evaluating possibilities to confront climate change through a range of creative communication approaches.
This autumn has been a very productive time at ITG. Read on for some samplings of our fall activities and ongoing commitments.
In these uncertain times, Inside the Greenhouse works to deepen our understanding of how issues associated with climate change are/can be communicated, by creating artifacts through interactive theatre, film, fine art, performance art, television programming, and systematically appraising as well as extracting effective methods for multimodal climate communication. Through both research and practice in these ways, our efforts advance wider interdisciplinary academic communities to build capacity, competence and confidence in CU Boulder undergraduate and graduate student communicators with whom we primarily work.
As this critical year unfolds, we at Inside the Greenhouse are as determined as ever to work to meet people where they are and ‘re-tell climate change stories’ from a range of perspectives. Through this commitment we seek to help make sense of 21st century climate challenges. As a key part of our ongoing efforts, we remain steadfast in our commitment to help students build confidence and competence in order to deepen our understanding of how to effectively address issues associated with climate change.
The chosen name of our project – Inside the Greenhouse – acknowledges that, to varying degrees, we are all implicated in, part of, and responsible for greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. So in our efforts we treat this ‘greenhouse’ as a living laboratory, an intentional place for growing new ideas and evaluating possibilities to confront climate change through a range of creative communication approaches.
The hot summer of 2016 has been productive for us Inside the Greenhouse. Highlights included the successful continuation of our summer internship programs, collaboration with ‘Lens on Climate Change’ and the posting and tagging (for database searching) of our Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 class compositions on the website.
Ideas, innovations and initiative have continued to grow ‘Inside the Greenhouse’ throughout this Spring. Along with students at CU Boulder, we have sprout many new projects and nourished ongoing activities.
It has been a great start to 2015 with numerous Inside the Greenhouse activities. Some highlights have been our time in the classroom with inspiring students, our budding research projects and collaborations, a fantastic public event partnering with Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) Casey Middle school and the development of four summer internships.