The University of Colorado Boulder now hosts Inside the Greenhouse, a multimedia-driven website run by Max Boykoff, Beth Osnes, and Joshua Rollins.
Our project objectives are:
1. To generate multimodal compositions on the subject of climate change
2. To engage with various dimensions and issues associated with sustainability
3. To produce and distribute the ‘Inside the Greenhouse’ program
We work 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 appraising as well as extracting effective methods
for multimodal climate communication. The centerpiece of this project
is the Inside the Greenhouse (ITG) television program, featuring a
high-profile figure engaged in climate and environment issues (stay
tuned for our upcoming schedule). As part of the programming, we also
feature work produced in the associated Inside the Greenhouse course
at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
The interdisciplinary approach taken up in this ITG collective seeks
to capture, value and interrogate the complexity of multi-scale and
contemporary climate science, policy and politics as well as the
challenges of performance and communication of these issues. Our
motivations here spring from an expansive view of climate science and
policy in society, where more formal scientific and policy work is
part of, rather than separate from, public uptake. Representational
practices of various sorts play key roles in interpretation, framing
climate change for policy, politics and the public, and drawing
attention to how to make sense of the changing world. Mediated
portrayals – from television news to live performance – are critical
links between people’s everyday realities and experiences, and the
ways in which these are discussed at a distance between science,
policy and public actors.
The chosen title of the 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
these collective endeavors 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 mitigation
and adaptation strategies.
Feel free to also follow our twitter feed @media_climate
We’d appreciate any feedback you have on the project, ideas for
enhancing our abilities to meet these objectives, and so on.