The Climate Narrative Project is a special media arts initiative in the Office of Sustainability at the University of Iowa, designed to reach across academic disciplines and chronicle regenerative approaches to energy, food, agriculture, water and waste management, community planning and transportation. Selected Fellows work with Writer-in-Residence Jeff Biggers on semester-long investigative projects, using visual arts, film, radio, theatre, dance, spoken word and creative writing mediums. Each semester, fellows focus on a specific sustainability topic. The Climate Narrative Project is an investigative initiative: What accounts for the gap between science and action on climate change, and what can we do more effectively to communicate informed stories and galvanize action?
The Climate Narrative Project addresses three targets of the University of Iowa’s 2020 Sustainability Vision: 1) Increase Student Opportunities to Learn and Practice Principles of Sustainability; 2) Support and Grow Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainability-focused and Related Areas; and 3) Develop Partnerships to Advance Collaborative Initiatives, both Academic and Operational.
The Climate Narrative Project goals include: 1) Training a new generation of “climate storytellers” and “climate leaders” to shape a successful climate narrative and create new stories; 2) Training Fellows with advanced tools in the narrative arts, public speaking and communication, to take back to their respective departments, especially in the areas of science, business and engineering, as well as in their future careers and endeavors; 3) Expanding the reach and dissemination of academic research for a general audience on campus and in the Iowa City area, by supporting and presenting interdisciplinary research on climate change and sustainability-focused areas: and 4) Placing the University of Iowa in the forefront of climate action initiatives in the country.
The project is also supported though the University of Iowa Office of Outreach and Engagement. The Yale Climate Connections featured the Climate Narrative Project on its nationally syndicated public radio program: Climate As Local Narrative.
Jeff Biggers: Winner of the American Book Award, Jeff Biggers is the author of five books of narrative non-fiction, including Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland, recipient of the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting. Biggers has worked as a journalist, playwright, historian and educator on sustainability issues across the US, Europe, Mexico and India. His stories have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and NPR. The Iowa City Little Village Magazine interviewed Biggers on the goals of the Climate Narrative Project.
More info: www.jeffbiggers.com
The Climate Narrative Project has received attention in both the national and local media.
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