Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies




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...



Author, artist shed light on meaning of surfing at salon series

The City of Malibu Arts Commission helped sponsor the event, which was moderated by Jon Christensen, senior fellow and journalist-in-residence at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies and Center for Digital Humanities.



‘Sea Sick’ Investigates the Right to be Represented On the Beach

How diversity plays into going to the beach.



Making the California coast public for all

Invisible barriers have kept people of color at bay.



Here’s an Interesting New Video Series on Psychology and Climate Change

Climate Lab, a new YouTube series by Vox and the University of California that explores the behavioral science of climate change and attempts to mitigate it, is a smart idea for a series.



Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change

“In terms of behavioral change, we need two things,” said Magali Delmas, a professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA and the Anderson School of Management. “We need first to increase awareness, and then second, we need to find the right motivations for people to change their behavior.”



Why Are We So Bad at Talking About Climate Change?

What I learned through Climate Lab, a new video series I’m hosting in partnership with the University of California and Vox, is that most climate change messaging is filled with doom and gloom. This has the opposite effect in getting us to care and take action. Human nature is hard-wired for optimism, and we shut...



Vox: How psychology can trick us into keeping Earth habitable

Magali Delmas, a professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA and the Anderson School of Management is on the hunt for these motivations, looking for simple ways to make climate change personal.



UCLA professor wins British Society for Literature and Science’s annual book prize

IoES and Department of English Professor Ursula Heise has been awarded this year’s British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) prize for best book in the field of literature and science published in 2016. Her book, “Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species,” explores extinction, endangered species and wildlife conservation through the lens of culture and...



San Francisco Examiner: Line drawn in sand between beach access, protection

Jon Christensen, an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA’s Institute on the Environment and Sustainability, found the condition of the ocean and beaches is personally important to 90 percent of Californians. Another survey of people at Southern California beaches found people want clean sand and water. 



Orange County Register: Some can’t afford beach visits; legislators seek change

“There are historically patterns of visitation and discrimination … where people feel they’re welcome (at some beaches) and where they might not feel as welcome (at others),” said Jon Christensen, a researcher at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA who co-authored the study.



Los Angeles Times: Proposed legislation calls for more affordable overnight accommodations along the California coast

 “In our research we found that the cost of staying overnight at the coast can be a real burden for some Californians,” said Jon Christensen, a researcher at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.