Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies

EVENTS
Special Event

Street Plants: Wild Flora of Los Angeles

Discussion

1.17.2019

Cities may seem to be solely the work of humans—right down to the urban landscape of street trees, ornamental plantings, and manicured lawns that were put in place by human hands. But wild plants spread through the landscape without any human help, forming a ubiquitous botanical backdrop that exists at the fringes of most concepts...


Special Event

RISING SEAS: JELLYFISH JERKY

A CAMPUS TASTING EVENT

11.14.2018

Join artist Marina Zurkow and chefs Hank and Bean for a climate change conversation over Jellyfish Jerky and an environmental risk Mitigating Tea at their Rising Seas Hawker Stall. On your way to and from classes, meetings and daily life, we invite you to take a snack break that brings the scale and data of...



Special Event

Parrots of Pasadena

Walk, Talk and Cocktail Reception

5.12.2018

Parrots of Pasadena walk, talk & cocktail reception with Professor Ursula K. Heise. A Bird LA Day event sponsored by UCLA’s Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) of the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability.  Meet at the corner of Fair Oaks and Washington Blvds.  


Special Event

KCET Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival (co-sponsored by LENS)

Open to the public

4.21.2018

The second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival will take place Sat., April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa Monica (1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA. 90401) in partnership with Laemmle’s Theatres. Open to the public, the event kicks off with a screening of environmental shorts from...


Lecture Series

Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise

A Talk with Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i

4.3.2018

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 and the Environmentalism of the Poor. But Klein shifted the spotlight of these concerns to the oft-overlooked low-lying island nations. Their current day situation is...


Special Event

A Climate Series for the Ages

Living with Climate Change

11.16.2017

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 between the L.A. community and some of the world’s experts on all things climate. DATES: October 5 – Climate Change Cliff Notes October 19 – Earth and...


Lecture Series

Panel Discussion: Biodiversity in the Anthropocene

Join the UCLA Botanical Garden for an expert discussion about species that are flourishing in a rapidly changing world

5.18.2017

Biodiversity is undergoing tremendous change at the hands of humanity. As some habitats disappear and many wild organisms face extinction, other species flourish in novel ecosystems. Join us for an expert panel discussion which will examine the current state of biodiversity and the narratives which shape related public opinion and policy as we ask the question: how can we successfully coexist with nature on an increasingly technological planet?


Special Event

2017 IoES Gala – Innovators for a Healthy Planet

An event honoring Paul G. Allen and Toyota

3.13.2017

Every year, we honor environmental game-changers at the UCLA IoES Gala. Paul G. Allen races the extinction of elephants and flips common paradigms for ocean and climate health. Toyota leads sustainable transportation and reinvents eco-mobility with vehicles like the Prius and Mirai. These 2017 Gala honorees prove that sustainable innovation can surmount the greatest threats of our time.


Lecture Series

Extinction! Fear and Hope at the La Brea Tar Pits

Join IoES and the Natural History Museum for a lively conversation about endangered species and extinction.

11.10.2016

Extinctions happen all the time—evolution can't move forward without them. But mass extinctions are a different beast, wiping out large numbers of species regardless of how well adapted they are. Join us and the La Brea Tar Pits—home to extinct saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths—for a lively conversation about endangered plants and animals, extinction and the global consequences of mass extinction.

NEWSROOM
Headline

3.15.2019

Ursula Heise in Voices of America: Birds Without Borders

Ursula Heise, is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.  She spoke with Voices of America about LA’s birds, urbanization and managing wildlife in cities. 


Headline

3.12.2019

Jon Christensen in SF Chronicle: Passage of public lands act suggests way forward on a green new deal

Jon Christensen, founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, write about a recent public lands act that passed in the house and senate.


Headline

3.5.2019

L.A. County Earmarks Dollars For Park-Poor Neighborhoods

UCLA’s Jon Christensen spoke with my news LA about a recent measure by LA county on increasing funding for park-poor neighborhoods. “The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to allocate at least 30 percent of parks funding generated by a parcel tax approved in 2016 to communities deemed to be high-need. The...


Headline

2.10.2019

Jon Christensen in AP: Despite fierce weather, Nebraska avoids climate change plan

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this AP article, Christensen explains why Nebraska may be hesitant to adopt a climate change plan: “The reluctance in Nebraska may be...


Headline

2.7.2019

Ursula Heise & Brad Shaffer in Voice of America

Ursula K. Heise is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Brad Shaffer is the UCLA La Kretz Center Director and Distinguished Professor. In this article: “Is the Urban Jungle the Answer to Helping Some Endangered Species?” Heise and Shaffer...


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1.23.2019

Jon Christensen in KPCC’s “Take Two”

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the...


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12.30.2018

Catastrophic fires are a reckoning for Californians and their ‘new normal.’ Has the state reached a tipping point?

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA.  In this LA Times article, Christensen talks about the narrative surrounding California wildfires. 


Headline

10.12.2018

Green Gentrification, Jon Christensen in LA Times

Concerns about gentrification in Los Angeles have reached the point where it’s not just art galleries and coffee shops that trigger alarm bells — parks and bicycle paths are in the crosshairs. Things are so bad that a proposal to improve bike safety and pedestrian access to parks along the Los Angeles River was recently...


Blog

6.13.2018

The Case for ‘Sanctuary Cities’ for Endangered Species

"[W]hat if we deliberately offered sanctuary to endangered species in our cities—those that are native, of course, but also those that are not?" - Ursula Heise, in CityLab.


Headline

6.13.2018

Wild parrots fill the soundscape in Los Angeles

"Parrots are not uncommon around Los Angeles. More than a dozen different species have established wild populations in the area, descendants of pet birds that escaped at some point and managed to make a home for themselves in some part of the sprawling metropolis," Ursula Heise writes in Elemental.


Headline

6.10.2018

Endangered species and the case for ‘sanctuary cities’

Brad Shaffer, a biology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, notes that cities not only destroy habitat, but also create new living spaces for animals and plants. (Wired)


Headline

6.7.2018

KCET: Is Los Angeles Truly a Hotspot for Biodiversity?

Published as part of an environmental storytelling partnership with the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) at UCLA, with extensive contributions from faculty and MFA students in UCLA’s documentary film program in the School of Theater, Film and Television. The second storyline considers how Los Angeles has inadvertently become a sanctuary city for non-native animal species that are sometimes...