Change from within: Diversifying the environmental movement

Join the opening night reception for Salish Sea Equity and Justice Symposium and the premiere of Change from Within, a dance film by CULTURE SHIFT. EarthLab’s first intern, Jasmmine Ramgotra, created a movement-based representation of interviews she conducted with leaders of Seattle’s environmental community over 5 months, including individuals in government, NGO’s, business, and academia. Using the interview audio as a sound score, and four dancers to communicate the message, the performance presents clear takeaways about how to create positive change on an individual level.


Tickets are sold online – your ticket includes access to the aquarium

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
Where: Seattle Aquarium

2019 Doug Walker Lecture with J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham
J. Drew Lanham, PhD

University of Washington’s EarthLab and the College of the Environment are excited to announce our 2019 Doug Walker Lecturer, J. Drew Lanham, PhD. In this lecture, Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because of it — Lanham will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.

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Games for Our Future Game Jam Re-cap

The Second Annual Games for Our Future Game Jam was a success! Presented by EarthLab, Seattle IndiesSeattle Serious and Social Impact Games and Pacific Science Center, the theme was Creating a Green Tomorrow. The Game Jam brought game developers and researchers together for a weekend to learn from each other and show the power of games to translate complex environmental research into a medium that is both fun and educational. 60 developers worked in teams to create over 13 games (11 uploaded). The day kicked off by having nine UW research mentors speak, three on topics about game design and six on topics of climate change and environmental science. Afterwards, teams formed and began creating games.

–> Check out the games our participants developed!

–> Read more about the event on the Seattle Indies blog.

Below are the award winners in each category from the Game Jam:

Theme: Social Solutions to Climate Change

Climate Utopia: Virtual Reality experience in which you explore a world in the future that is truly sustainable

Incorporated Research from UW Mentors

Seed Our Future: Augmented reality application to suggest social solutions to climate change in real places

Game Design and Game Play

2 Degrees!: Board game simulating building a city without increasing the global temperature to 2 degrees C

Art, Music and Aesthetics

Rising Tides: Game to combat sea level rise by investing in seawalls, moving to a new location, or responding to other disasters

Overall Judges’ Pick

2 Degrees!: Board game simulating building a city without increasing the global temperature to 2 degrees C

People’s Choice

Icebears Care: Save polar bears on melting ice caps by stapling icebergs back together

None of this would be possible without the tireless dedication of our mentors:

Jennifer Atkinson UW Bothell, English
Gary Handwerk UW, Comparative Literature
Dargan Frierson UW, Atmospheric Science
Isabel Zamanillo UW, College of Environment
Jason Lambacher UW Bothell, Political Science
Sarah Chase UW, Forestry
Rick Thomas UW, Forestry
Mark Chen UW Bothell, Game Studies
Theresa Horstman Microsoft (formerly, UW, Education)


Anthropocene Film Salon

In Disko Bay, Greenland, 20-story high icebergs broken off from the Greenland Ice Sheet float into the North Atlantic, raising sea level.

Join EarthLab and the Simpson Center for the Humanities for a screening of Chasing Ice, the first in our Anthropocene Film Salon series. After viewing this provocative film, we will host a discussion and social gathering in hopes of connecting people from the humanities, arts, and the physical and social sciences who would not otherwise meet. Our goal is to foster mutual learning and catalyze new, cross-cutting collaborations addressing the unique social-ecological challenges of the Anthropocene.


What: Chasing Ice, a film by Jeff Orlowski

When: November 28th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Fisheries Sciences lobby and auditorium (room 102), University of Washington, Seattle

Jesse Oak Tayler, Associate Professor of English and Co-director, Anthropocene Research Cluster (Simpson Center for the Humanities)
Heidi Roop, Lead Scientist for Science Communication, Climate Impacts Group (EarthLab)

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Conversations with Sally Jewell: Federal Government and Environmental Policy

Environmental Conversations feature prominent environmental leaders and practitioners who share their perspective on real world environmental policymaking. In collaboration with the EarthLab, the Center for Environmental Politics will host three such conversations with Sally Jewell, drawing on her experience in the government, the for-profit and the non-profit sector. The first conversation will focus on federal government and environmental policy.

Sally Jewell served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama. Before serving as Interior Secretary, Jewell was President and CEO of REI. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Washington College of the Environment.

This initiative will be known as Doug and Maggie Walker Environmental Conversations to honor the tremendous impact both Doug and Maggie have had on practical aspects of environmental policy locally, regionally and nationally.

Join us Tuesday, October 30, 4:00-6:00 in the Allen Library‘s Petersen Room

2018 Nature and Health Symposium and Doug Walker Lecture

Join us for a day exploring the connecting between nature and human health at our 2018 Nature and Health Symposium and Dough Walker Lecture.

Nature and Health Symposium

This annual one-day symposium held each fall brings together professionals and community leaders in the fields of health, conservation, design and planning, and education to learn from each other and explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wildlands.

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Doug Walker Lecture with Richard Louv at Benaroya Hall

Join EarthLab and the College of the Environment for an evening with our 2018 Doug Walker Lecturer, Richard Louv. A journalist and the author of nine books, including “Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Nature in a Virtual World” and “Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life,” Louv will discuss the central role nature plays in human health and well-being at every age and stage of life.

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