Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies

Stories for a Changing Planet

The Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) is an incubator for new research and collaboration on storytelling, communications, and media in the service of environmental conservation and equity. We are a diverse network of faculty and students from across disciplines who explore how today’s environmental challenges connect to longer histories of imagining the natural world. At LENS, we begin with the idea that these challenges are as much cultural and political as they are scientific and technological.


What We Do

Investigate environmental stories across cultures and contexts

Research the impact of environmental media and communications

Teach multimedia storytelling

Mentor diverse future sustainability leaders

Create new narratives for environmental science, policy, and advocacy

Collaborate with nonprofits, artists, communities, and companies to create strategic environmental communication campaigns

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Open Leaves / poems from earth

Join us for a reading from Harryette Mullen’s latest collection, Open Leaves / poems from earth, followed by a conversation between her and Ursula Heise. In Open Leaves / poems from earth,…

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Image credit: Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, Animal Land, Installation at UCLA, October 2016