CLEAN Network Teleconferences

Each Tuesday at 1:00pm Eastern Time (12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific) CLEAN Network members meet on a teleconference call to update each other about their climate literacy projects, upcoming events, and funding opportunities and share information about best practices, key teaching/learning resources, and the development of collaborative activities. Often these teleconferences include special presentations by members and guests.
To participate in these teleconferences, you need to be a member of the CLEAN Network. To join the Network, sign up here Join CLEAN Network.

Members receive an email alert from the CLEAN Network listserv with information about each week's teleconference.

Upcoming 2019 Teleconferences

April 7, 2020: Emily Coren: Storytelling Accelerating Climate Solutions

Abstract: Tools from social psychology, including social modeling and building self and collective efficacy, can help us to create a new model for current, culturally-relevant stories that can help communities improve climate mitigation and adaptation skills. These "solution stories" are hopeful, funny stories that effectively teach climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience strategies. Up-to-date research on can be iteratively utilized in these stories to better equip communities to manage climate change disasters and lessen harmful physical and mental health impacts. Stories are an innovative management strategy for substantially improving preparedness and, hence, health outcomes among communities facing extreme weather events caused by climate change.

NRDC's Rewrite the Future initiative aims to enlist the power of narrative TV, film and new media to help accelerate our global response to the climate crisis. Storytellers have a vital role to play in shaping our cultural narratives about climate, by producing entertainment that helps us face reality, confront our fear and grief, imagine possible futures, and inspire us to action. The program offers a range of support to Hollywood professionals to encourage more, varied, and compelling climate stories in entertainment, including industry dialogue and networking, climate story consultation, and help with project development.


Emily Coren is a science communicator with a background in biology and science illustration, developing tools for producing cultural stories to improve the rate of climate mitigation and adaptation.

Cheryl Slean is a climate communicator, playwright and filmmaker with a diverse academic background in physics, literature and sustainability. As an educator she taught narrative theory, creative writing and filmmaking at University of Washington, Seattle University and UCLA. After making several independent short films, she started a video production company specializing in narrative strategies for educational media. In 2015 she co-founded the grassroots collective Vision LA Climate Action Arts to engage artists in the climate movement, and produced a multidisciplinary arts festival concurrent with the U.N. Paris Accords. She currently works with the Natural Resources Defense Council on Rewrite the Future, a climate storytelling in entertainment initiative.

April 14, 2020: Peter Mahaffy: Design Our Climate

April 21, 2020: Frank Granshaw: Bridge to COP25 and working toward COP26

Recent Teleconferences

March 31, 2020: Informal discussion focused on COVID-19 response and AGU sessions

March 24, 2020: Frank Niepold: Building the national strategy for Action for Climate Empowerment

March 17, 2020: Lan Anh Vu Hong: The Climate Collage - IPCC reports explained in a fun and collaborative way

March 10, 2020: Informal Discussion

March 3, 2020: Informal Discussion

February 25, 2020: Frank Niepold: Building the national strategy for Action for Climate Empowerment

February 18, 2020: Informal Discussion

February 11, 2020: Amy Frame: Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Summit Continued

February 4, 2020: Amy Frame and Linda Livers: Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Summit

January 28, 2020: Informal Discussion/ACE Introduction

January 21, 2020: Informal Discussion

January 14, 2020: Informal Discussion

January, 7, 2020: Dr. Marianne Krasny: E-Engaged Learning for Climate Solutions: Linking Undergraduates and international Cornell Climate Change Online Fellows

December 31, 2019: NO CALL, Happy New Year!

December 24, 2019: NO CALL, Happy Holidays!

December 17, 2019: Community debrief of COP25 and AGU Fall Meeting

December 10, 2019: Live from COP25!

December 3, 2019: Dr. Yue Li and Anne Armstrong:Integrating Drawdown Actions and Social Norms Research in a Climate Change Online Course

November 19, 2019: Discussion of CLEAN AGU workshop plans led by Frank N.

November 12, 2019: Arlae Castellanos: Achieving Whole School Sustainability is Challenging. This Online Tracking Tool Can Help

November 5, 2019: Celia Gurney: Climate Nexus

October 29, 2019: Informal Discussion

October 22, 2019: Informal Discussion

October 15, 2019: Frank Granshaw: Climate Science for Nonscientists: Experience and Experiments

October 8, 2019: Lacy Cagle: Ecochallenge: Global Change at a Human Scale

October 1, 2019: Tracey Ritchie: Earth Day 2020

September 24, 2019: Informal Discussion

September 17, 2019: Claire Anderson: Working Across Scales: Coordinated and Comprehensive K-12 Water Literacy Education for a Changing Climate

September 10, 2019: Brittany Shea: Climate and health education for health professions schools and programs

September 3, 2019: Nicole Seymour: Laughter, Grief, and Everything in Between: Mobilizing Climate Change Emotions

August 27, 2019: Mark McCaffrey and Abby Ruskey: UNFCCC Education, Communication, and Outreach Stakeholders' (ECOS) Community Working to Scale Climate Literacy & Action by 2020

August 20, 2019: Informal Discussion

August 13, 2019: Informal Discussion

August 6, 2019: Informal Discussion

July 30, 2019: Informal Discussion

July 23, 2019: Informal Discussion

July 16th, 2016: Discussion Cancelled- GoTo Meeting not available due to ESIP Summer Meeting (

July 9, 2019: Informal Discussion

July 2, 2019: Informal Discussion

June 25, 2019: Informal Discussion

June 18, 2019: Informal Discussion

June 11, 2019: Informal Discussion

June 4, 2019: Informal Discussion

May 28, 2019: Emily Hart: Teacher-Research in the Climate Change Classroom, One Teacher's Story

May 21, 2019: Informal Discussion including discussion of Rising Voices Workshop and topics for summer discussions

May 14, 2019: Rose Michelle Borden: Time Scavengers: A Website to Disseminate Climate Change and Evolutionary Principles to Increase Public Literacy

May 7, 2019: Juliette Rooney Varga & Stephanie McCauley: Multisolving Climate Change, Public Health, and Wellbeing: A Framework for Bringing Win-Win Solutions Into Your Classroom

April 30, 2019: Jothsna Harris and Megan Van Loh: Talk Climate, A Model for Sparking Climate Conversations

April 23, 2019: Alana Siegner: Food and Climate Curriculum

April 16, 2019: Lisa Gardiner: Climate is Elementary: Climate Postcards

April 9, 2019: Joseph Henderson & Andrea Drewes: "Teaching Climate Change in the United States" book

April 2, 2019: Beth Osnes: Good Natured Comedy for Climate Communication: Drawdown, Act Up!

March 26, 2019: Continuation of CLEAN Network Discussion on AGU 2019, NSTA 2020, NAAEE 2019, & AMS 2020 session proposals

March 19, 2019: CLEAN Network Discussion on AGU 2019, NSTA 2020, & AMS 2020 session proposals

March 12, 2019: Frank Niepold: NSTA Priorities Discussion

March 5, 2019: Judy Twedt: Climate data communication through digital sound arts

February 26, 2019: Alexis Frasz: Creative Strategies for engaging people around climate change

February 19, 2019: Mark McCaffrey: Powers of 10 Research

February 12, 2019: Frank Granshaw and Don Hass: Using VR in Climate Education

February 5, 2019: Max Boykoff: Creative (Climate) Communications: Productive Pathways for Science, Policy, and Society

January 29, 2019: Shelly Sommer: Act on Climate

January 22, 2019: Informal Discussion

January 15, 2019: Don Haas & Ingrid Zabel: Climate and Energy Exhibit at the Museum of the Earth

January 8, 2019: Tim Grant: Books for teaching about climate change

Past Teleconferences

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2009 and 2008 Teleconferences
If anyone has material from the 2009 and 2008 teleconference calls, please contact Tamara Ledley. We would like to preserve our historic record. Thanks.