Climate Story Lab

The Climate
Story Lab 2019
Auburn Seminary, NYC
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Climate communication is more critical than ever before: we need the best storytelling to reach its full potential and hit the audiences that matter. Born of this conviction, The Climate Story Lab will catalyze the most urgent and compelling media projects being made in America right now.

The Climate Story Lab is the first of a series of interventions bringing together the creative and campaigning expertise of Exposure Labs and Doc Society with the best of the Good Pitch Impact Labs and a laser determination to accelerate climate communication in the United States.

Thank you to our wonderful friends at the Hartley Media Initiative at Auburn Seminary, Bloomberg Philanthropies, EarthX, Fledgling Fund, The JPB Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, Sundance Institute and our supporters David and Linda Cornfield who have so quickly rallied round to make The Climate Story Lab possible.


The first Climate Story Lab brought together experts in social justice documentary with the kinetic energy of experts - lawyers & political strategists, scientists, indigenous & faith leaders, branding experts & campaign organizers.

Together, this powerful group strategized with twelve teams of creative storytellers to help them imagine how best to inspire citizens, engage politicians and mobilize communities with their projects.

We welcomed over 100 colleagues over the course of the week including The American Museum of Natural History, ASU School of Sustainability and Journalism, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Blueshift, The Center for Investigative Reporting, CIFF, The Center for Climate Communication at Columbia University, Change Food, Citizens Climate Lobby, Climate Advocacy Lab, Climate Justice Resilience Fund, The Center for Media and Social Impact, Drawdown, EarthX, Far Star Action Fund, Ford Foundation JustFilms, Fledgling Fund, Fridays For Future Campaign, The JPB Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, The League of Conservation Voters, MIT Open Documentary Lab, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defence Council, Ocean Collective, Purpose, OSF Human Rights Programme, Perspective Fund, Project Drawdown, Participant Media, POV, Redford Center, The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law, Sundance Institute, Sunrise Movement, True Colors Fund, United Nations Global Comms Department, Vulcan Productions, Working Films, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action and many more.

'This event was the highlight of my summer. As an academic, many gatherings I attend are very self-serving and individualistically drawn. This event did an amazzzing job of bringing together diverse and passionate change agents. There was a collaborative aura born from our shared goal of trying to save the planet. I felt supported and renewed hope in our chances of turning this tide.’

Sarra Tekola, Academic & Activist

'Climate Story Lab provided a valuable opportunity to connect with storytellers and explore how to amplify those stories in ways that can actually move the needle on policy and practice.’

Liz Georges, The Nature Conservancy

'As a team in the development stage of our project, CSL was an incredible opportunity. Honestly, it felt like a gamechanger for us. It was so inspiring to meet the other media creators, and just awe-inspiring to hear the presentations from all those renowned scientists and artists, and receive advice from impact producers, foundations folks.’

Maeve McGoran, Podcast producer

Official selection

We invited 12 storytelling projects to present at the Climate Story Lab, read more abut the first cohort on the Projects page.

Thank you!

This initiative is made possible by a growing circle of supporters.

If you would like to join us to rally around this urgent issue, please contact

Partners & Supporters
David and Linda

Who we are

Exposure Labs

Exposure Labs is the film and impact production company behind award-winning environmental films such as Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral. Our work is driven by the idea that film can be used as a tool to create meaningful change on pressing social issues. Since 2014, we have supported thousands of community organizations in using our films to drive local climate action around the world.

In January 2019, Exposure Labs launched Unstoppable, our new initiative to support other climate storytellers in connecting their projects to impact. Given the need to accelerate action on climate in the U.S., we hope to be able to share the tools and insights from our own organizing work with the film and advocacy community to help create shared momentum.

Doc Society

A non-profit based in London & New York, Doc Society’s mission is to bring people together to unleash the transformational power of documentary film. We stand in solidarity with independent filmmakers. We work to protect their independence and safety and to unite them with new friends and allies globally.

To find out what we are doing as an organisation in response to the climate emergency, please have a look here.

Over the last decade, together with our partners, we have directly funded over 250 documentary films, including Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR, Academy Award nominees Virunga, The Square, Hell & Back Again and Dirty Wars. Other titles include Hooligan Sparrow, The Yes Men Fix The World, The Look of Silence, Whose Streets? and Pussy Riot. Doc Society has also developed a slate of programmes to build the capacity of the whole field. Amongst these are the Safe & Secure initiative, the schools platform Doc Academy, the annual Doc Impact Award, the online toolkit the Impact Field Guide and Good Pitch, the international forum for social justice documentaries connecting change makers and filmmakers around the world.