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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atlas of (remote) islands and sea level rise

Lecture Series

Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise

In a 2016 lecture titled “Let Them Drown,” Naomi Klein called attention to the nexus of climate change, colonial racism and poverty—as Rob Nixon has done in his book Slow Violence…

a climate series for the ages

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A Climate Series for the Ages

This fall, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, in collaboration with UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, has designed a new kind of climate series: a four-night conversation…

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