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Learning the Power of Video

Through the course Communicating Climate Change, Princeton University students are learning how to use print, video, and audio media to describe the climate change problem and its possible consequences to the public in ways that are simple and clear, as well as scientifically rigorous.

ENV 316 is taught by Heidi Cullen, a visiting lecturer in geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), and Michael Lemonick, a visiting lecturer in astrophysical sciences, freshman seminars and PEI. For the final project, Cullen and Lemonick require their students to work in teams of three to create a polished video applying all they learned in the class from science writing, creating informative and compelling graphics, conducting interviews, on-location shooting, and editing.

The following three videos showcase the creativity with which students have learned to communicate complex scientific concepts in ways the general public can relate to and understand:

The Curious Incident of the Bee in Wintertime (Written and Directed by Alice Li, Kristie Liao, and Tiffany Cheezem) Illustrates the impact of warmer and shorter winters on Princeton’s Honey bees.

The Jet Behind the Lights (Written and Directed by Dylan Ackerman, Caroline Jo, and Peter Callahan) How Princeton University is reducing its carbon footprint through its cogeneration plant.

Losing Nemo (Written and Directed by Alex Kasin, Ilissa Ocko, Alissa Sasso) Through the eyes of Nemo (a Clownfish), the impact of climate change on life in the oceans.