Climate Story Lab Berlin

Neue Strategien für exzellentes Klima-Storytelling

Klimakommunikation ist wichtiger denn je: Wir brauchen das beste Storytelling, um auf Ursachen und Lösungen der Klimakrise hinzuweisen und ein Publikum zu erreichen, das nachhaltige Änderungen fordert. Aus dieser Überzeugung heraus holen wird das Climate Story Lab nach Berlin und wollen gemeinsam mit Expert*innen innovatives und nachhaltiges Storytelling zum Thema Klimakrise entwickeln. Wir stellen die Frage „Wie erzählen wir die Klimakrise?“ in den Mittelpunkt.




Online Breakout-Sessions: Übersicht

ART, ACTIVISM & CLIMATE CHANGE: October 6, 2020 // 3.50 pm at CET
Input: The Yes Men
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ACTIVISM & IMPACT: October 7, 2020 // 11.45 am at CET
Option 1:
Input: Kirsten Brodde (Greenpeace)
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Option 2:
Input: Roos van de Weerd (Patagonia)
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CLIMATE INTERVENTION: October 8, 2020 // 2.30 pm at CET
Input: Kristin Reiszig (WWF)
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An drei Tagen (06. bis 08. Oktober) kommen Storyteller*innen, Aktivist*innen, Expert*innen und Vertreter*innen von NGOs zusammen, um die Ansätze zur Klimakommunikation umfassend zu erneuern. Wir fördern einen ganzheitlichen Ansatz und vereinen Medienschaffende, Aktivist*innen, Künstler*innen, Expert*innen, Wissenschaftler*innen und Entscheidungsträger*innen. Gemeinsam soll ein wirkungsvolles Storytelling entwickelt werden, das einerseits durch Weltuntergangsszenarien die gebotene Dringlichkeit aufzeigt, andererseits durch Visionen zum Handeln anregt, ohne die Thematik zu verharmlosen. Am Ende sollen konkrete Kommunikationskonzepte stehen, die die Zivilgesellschaft inspirieren und zum eigenen Engagement motivieren sowie Politiker*innen und Entscheidungsträger*innen ermutigen, sich den großen Lösungsansätzen in Bezug auf die Klimakrise zuzuwenden.

Veranstaltungsort: HRFFB Festivalzentrum @ BUFA, Oberlandstraße 26-35, 12099 Berlin


Das Climate Story Lab Berlin ist nach New York und London die dritte Ausgabe des erfolgreichen Formats, das von DocSociety und Exposure Labs entwickelt wurde.

Referent*innen beim Climate Story Lab Berlin (Auswahl)

Eingereichte Projekte

Im Rahmen eines öffentlichen Call for Projects haben wir Storyteller*innen dazu aufgefordert, klimabezogene Projekte einzureichen. Wir haben sechs dieser kreativen Storytelling-Projekte ausgewählt, die im Rahmen des Climate Story Labs vorgestellt werden.
In Brainstorming Sessions, an Open-Tables und Co. werden Input, Expertise, Partnerschaften oder Förderungen angeboten. Gemeinsam soll an den eingereichten Projekten gearbeitet und das beste Storytelling kreiert werden.


Veranstaltungsort: HRFFB Festivalzentrum @ BUFA, Oberlandstraße 26-35, 12099 Berlin

Aufgrund der derzeitigen Einschränkungen durch Covid-19 kann nur eine begrenzte Anzahl an Personen vor Ort an der Veranstaltung teilnehmen. Die gesamte Veranstaltung und die Gruppenarbeiten in kleineren Gruppen werden auch virtuellen Teilnehmenden zur Verfügung stehen. Für die online Teilnahme ist eine Anmeldung erforderlich, eine Teilnahmegebühr wird aber nicht erhoben. Mehr zu den KONFERENZTICKETS hier.

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Tuesday 06.10.2020

09:00 - 09:30: Welcome

Introduction by Anna Ramskogler-Witt (Human Rights Film Festival Berlin) & Vivian Schroder (Impact Producer).

09.30 - 10:20: Key-Note: Climate, Conflict and Conflict Transformation

Andrew Gilmour (Director of Berghof Foundation) will speak about the effects of the Climate Crisis on Conflict and Conflict Transformation.

His presentation is followed by a Q&A.  

10:20 - 11:00: Climate, Conflict & Hunger

With Bhanu Bhatnager from Save the Children Uk & Ashfaque Soomro from the Research and Development Foundation, Bangladesh. 

This panel will give a deeper insight into the correlation between the climate crisis and its resulting conflicts and hunger.


Networking, Coffee and Cake.

11:15 - 11:30: Quick Intro: Projects 1-3

The creative minds behind the projects are going to give a short insight into their ideas for sustainable climate communication.


1. "The Zimov Hypothesis"
2. "Kippelemente - A Climate Communication Guide".
3. "Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht" / "Human Right before Mining Law". 

11:30 - 12:00: Climate Storytelling & Impact

Amazing Beadie Finzi of our partner DocSociety will give you an insight into the concept of Impact Producing.

12:00 - 13:00: Climate: Race & Gender

With Tonny Nowshin (Climate activist) & Juan Auz (Hertie School of Governance).

When it comes to the climate crisis, women and girls⁠ - especially those living in rural areas and those living below the poverty line - are most affected by natural disasters, pollution, oil spills, and more and most vulnerable to the climate catastrophe. As a result, the effects of such disasters generally further exacerbate existing inequalities. For women and people of colour, structural and institutional racism has placed them at the center of environmental injustices. Particularly POC and indigenous people often face higher rates of exposure to unclean water, pollution, and many have been stripped of their land and resources in the name of modernisation. At the same time, the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups of our global society and the representation of their voices, perspectives, and demands in the media, at climate conferences is desperately lacking. Together with Tonny Nowshin (Climate Activist, Urgewald eV) and Juan Auz (Hertie School of Governance), we want to discuss the reasons and ways to change this (to integrate gender and race considerations into climate communication, policies, plans, and actions).


Network and enjoy a delicious vegan or vegetarian lunch.

14:00- 15:00 Impact Logic & Impact Campaigning

How can impact be measured, how can we create sustainable campaigns and projects with mesurable impact. Elias Schneider of the Berlin based organisation Phineo will give a short overview on how to develp an impact logic together with Vivian Schröder from Good Pitch. 

15:00 - 15:15: Quick Intro: Projects 4-6

The creative minds behind the projects are going to give a short insight into their ideas for sustainable climate communication.


4. "Climate Monologues".
5. "Future Diaries". 
6. "Camilla Plastic Ocean".




Networking, Coffee and Cake.

15:30 - 16:30: Art, Activism & Climate Change

What role can art and activism play to shake people up, to urge large cooperations corporations to act and motivate politicians to adopt sustainable legislation? We will discuss these questions with the amazing Yes Men, the Peng! Collective and members of Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion. The discussion will be followed by in-depth breakout sessions.

Break out sessions:

1) Film & Activism
by The YesMan

2) Art & Activism
by Carolijn Terwindt from Peng!

3) Protest & Activism
by Carla Reemtsma from Fridays for Future

4) Action & Activism 
by Cléo Mieulet & Juliane Ried from Extinction Rebellion

16:30 - 17:00: Best Case Scenario: Agents of Change

Brighton Kaoma has started a radio show at the age of 14 to discuss climate change in his home country Zambia. In 2015 he co-founded the Agents of Change Foundation and throughout Africa, they are now training teenagers to become journalists and to host their own radio shows. Today he is an Associate of Columbia University, WWF Presidents’ Awardee, and Queen Elizabeth II Youth Leadership Awardee.

17:00-17:30: Climate Psychology

Our psychology plays a major role in our perception and action. With Stephen Lewandowsky, Professor of Cognitive Psychology (University of Bristol), and Dr. Julia Kim, the Director of GNH Center Bhutan, we want to find out why it is so hard for many of us to change our behavior towards a more sustainable future. We will also explore how communication and storytelling of the climate crisis can inspire and motivate people to change their behavior with the importance of personal fates and emotions to make the abstract topic of the climate catastrophe more tangible.

17:30 - 18:00: Group work: Impact

We end the day with a group work on impact. Taking everything into account what we learned during todays sessions. Thinking about how we can create impact with our tools for our 6 selected projects.

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Wednesday 07.10.2020

9:30 - 9:45: Welcome & Recap

Anna and Vivian will give a short overview of their learnings of the first day and summerise the highlights.

9:45 - 10:20: Dramaturgy & Form

Form follows function – this can also be said for the dramaturgy of your project. Each media form needs to think differently about approaches. You can just create one concept that fits all. Together with Inga von Staden of the Interactive Media Foundation and media scientist William Uricchio we will dive deep into this question.

10:20 - 11:00: Project I - The Zimov Hypothesis

Presented by Denis Sneguirev & Khadidja Benouataf

The Zimov Hyphotesis is a film by Denis Sneguirev. Produced by Arturo Mio, 13 Productions, Arte, Take Five, Ethnofund

In deepest Siberia, two Russian scientists, Sergey and his son Nikita, are conducting a unique experiment: the Pleistocene Park. In this remote place, the Zimovs want to restore the Siberian steppe ecosystem to save the planet from a environmental disaster: the thawing of permafrost. This frozen soil holds billions of tons of methane beneath the earth's surface. Just a few degrees warmer, and the fragile permafrost will set off its climate bomb. The film follows four seasons of this scientific and philosophical quest




Networking, Coffee & Cake

11:15 - 12:30: Greenpeace on a new campaign trail

First we gain insight into the extensive campaignwork of Greenpeace before we discuss in smaller groups how different forms of activism can create long-lasting change in break-out-session. Amongs the experts are colleagues from Patagonia,

1. Campaigns & Activism

by Kirsten Brodde from Greenpeace

2. Social Business & Activism

by Roos van de Weerd from Patagonia

3. Facts & Activism

by Carel Mohn from

12:30 - 13:10: Project II - Kippelemente

Presented by Sophie Michel & Selma Weber

Kippelemente is a clearly laid out brochure on sustainable climate crisis communication. The guide offers practical help for media professionals to circumvent negative narratives and to use the power of language in the fight against the climate crisis. It is designed to serve as a basis for workshops to teach the key aspects of climate crisis communication, i.e. help media professionals to understand the effect of their own reports and to put them into words that reach the intended outcome.


Network and enjoy a delicious vegan or vegetarian lunch.

14:00 - 14:15: Introduction Climate & Facts

Chief Editor of Carel Mohn will give insights into his years of experience with communicating facts, scientific evidence and how these scientific results can play a crucial role in informing people on the one hand and can discourage people on the other hand. A tightrope act.

14:15 - 14:45: Petra Pinzler «Vier fürs Klima» (4 for the climate)

ZEIT journalist and author Petra Pinzler has written a book in 2018 about her family trying to live CO2 neutral for a year. A lot has happened since. What has she learned?

14:45 - 15:30: Climate & Future

Together with our partner Save the Children, we will venture a deeper look into the future and see how the Climate Crisis will continue to affect our future (and the one of the following generations) in a even more disastrous way. Together with climate activists from India, Kenya, Colombia, Nigeria and Germany, we will hear about their hopes and fears.

15:30-16:15: Project III - Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht / Human right before mining law

Presented by Ellen Baker

What many people don't know is that in 2020, in Germany, people are facing losing their family homes to coal minig - even as Germany starts its 'coal phase-out'. But one group of villagers are fighting back. Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht is a legal fight led by villagers faced with eviction to make way for the Garzweiler II coal mine. In two separate court challenges, they will tackle the legal question of expropriation, and whether the government's new coal phase-out law goes against Germany's own constitution.


Networking, Coffee & Cake

16:30 - 17:00: Best Case Scenario: Taste the Waste

Impact-Kampagnen für Dokumentarfilme:

Case Study „Taste the Waste“


Politische Dokumentarfilme versuchen die Welt zu verändern – doch wie kann man dafür sorgen, dass sie in der Gesellschaft wahrgenommen werden? Filmemacher, Umweltbewegte, Vereine und Initiativen, Politiker und Wissenschaftler können zusammenarbeiten, um zu erreichen, dass ein Dokumentarfilm in die Gesellschaft hineinwirkt.


Valentin Thurn erklärt am Beispiel seines Kinofilms „Taste the Waste“ über Lebensmittelverschwendung wie er seine Kampagnen entworfen und durchgeführt hat. Es geht nicht um reines Marketing, sondern um den „Impact“, also das Hineinwirken in die Gesellschaft. 

Dabei geht es um die Suche nach Bündnispartnern bei Vereinen und Bewegungen (oder sogar der Gründung einer Bewegung), nach klassischen Partnern wie Filmfestivals, Kinoverleih, Presseagentur, Social-Media-Agentur, und nicht zuletzt der Suche nach Geld, um das alles zu finanzieren.

17:00 - 17:30: ’Senseless': how artificial intelligence is frying the planet

With  Sheila Hayman

17:30 - 18:00: Climate Crisis & Refugees

Kira Vinke from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will introdcue the idea of the climate passport, how the idea was born, and has gathered voices around the world.

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Thursday 08.10.2020

09:00 - 09:15: Welcome & Recap

Anna and Vivian will give a short overview of their learnings of the previous day and summerise the highlights.

09:15 - 09:45: Climate & Literature: In conversation with Ilija Trojanow

Jan Sebastian Friedrich-Rust (Aktion gegen den Hunger Germany) will be in conversation with renowned Author Ilija Trojanow on Climate Fiction and on the impact that literature can play.

10:00 - 10:40: Project IV - The Climate Monologues

Presented by Michael Ruf

"The Climate Monologues" is a dodumentary theater play about the consequesnces of climate change on the lives of people in different parts of the world - performed by a network of hundreds of actors in Germany and other countries. 
As several months will be spent to look internationally fot interviewees, even more could be done with the stories. I would love to find ways to develop spin offs: other ways to narrate the stories or how to combine the narratives with other ways of communication.


Networking, Coffee & Cake

11:00 - 11:30: Introduction: Climate Justice

Together with Juan Auz (Hertie School of Governance) we will discuss the meaning of climate justice and why is it so imporant to talk about it.

11.30 – 12.30: Connecting with Others: India & Kenya

Our lovely friends & colleagues in India and Kenya are also hosting shortly climate storytelling conferences and workshops around the time of our lab in Berlin. In this session we will talk about the differences and similarities in the approaches of climate storytelling.

"Coral Woman" documentary by Priya Thuvassery with Sophy Siviraman
"Thank you for the rain" with Emily Wanja and Julius Mbatia


12:30 - 13:10: Project V - Future Diaries

Presented by Alexander Herrmann

Future Diaries is a storyworld set in our century in which 3 competing systems are struggling for domnance on a planet shaken by climate catastrophe. One of them is set around UTOPIA - an algorithm which distributes all resources fair and equal among its users. In our graphic novel series she will send herself back in time to meet YOU on your favorite social media channels - trying to understand this strange species she was creating to help: Humanity.


Network and enjoy a delicious vegan or vegetarian lunch.

14:00 – 15:00: Climate Intervention / Litigation

Discursive, legal, financial and artistic interventions can be effective tools to change the mindset of people and even lead to long-lasting policy changes. After a short info-session, we will have the chance to discuss these approaches with experts in break-out-sessions.

1) Climate Intervention by Miriam Saage-Maaß from ECCHR

2) Climate & Children's Rights by Susanna Krüger from Save the Children

3) Climate & Finances by Phillippe Singer from Leaders for Future.

4) Climate & Nature by Kristin Reißig from WWF

15:00 - 15:40: Project VI - Camilla Plastic Ocean

Presented by Angelica Böhm

Transmedia Storytelling: Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan

Angelica Boehm founded in 2015 and it has been growing until now. 
The project is a mix of fantasy-setting on environmental problems. It combines arts and filmmaking at Filmuniversity Babelsberg with the scientific expertise from Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. 
A short-story is the red line. Numerous international artists create paintings, concept are, 360 degree-short-movies. VR-expereince and more. 


20 minutes break

16:00 - 16:30: Climate & Comedy

The wonderful Belina Raffy gives us a crash course in sustainable stand-up and the power of humor. 

16:30 - 17:00: Best Case Scenario: Theatre - "vollehalle"

It all started with trying to bring the debate around climate crisis into theatre and «vollehalle» was born. Kai Schächtele has learned a lot on his way to finding a set-up that works and reaches the people. Finding the right balance between not leaving people deflated after the show, but rather inspired has not always been a smooth path. 

17:00 - 17:40: Wrap Up

Anna & Vivian will sumerize the last three days for you.

17:40 - 18:00: Public reading by Ilija Trojanow

Ilija Trojanow will talk to us about his book "EisTau". 

Link to information about the book in German:

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Das erste Climate Story Lab fand im Juli 2019 in New York statt, gefolgt vom Climate Story Lab UK in London im März 2020. Beide Labs wurden von DocSociety und Exposure Labs konzeptioniert und organisiert.

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Termin: 1. Oktober 2020

Start: 8:30 Uhr

Ende: 18:00

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Die gegenwärtige Corona-Pandemie dient in vielerlei Hinsicht als Katalysator für die Verbreitung von Lügen, irreführenden Informationen und Verschwörungstheorien. Dabei werden die Auswirkungen von Desinformation, Hassreden und populistischen Äußerungen auf das politische Leben sowie auf demokratische und soziale Werte brutal sichtbar. Am 02. Oktober werden wir Strategien für den Widerstand gegen den Populismus, die Verbreitung von Fehlinformationen und die Nutzung des Internets, speziell der sozialen Medien, zur Verbreitung von Hass diskutieren.

Termin: 2. Oktober 2020

Start: 8:30 Uhr

Ende: 17:30 Uhr

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Am 05. Oktober wird Berlin zur Diskussionsplattform für international renommierte Experten aus verschiedensten Bereichen. Gemeinsam mit ihnen und Storyteller*innen sowie Vertreter*innen der deutschen Politik und Zivilgesellschaft werden wir unseren möglichen Beitrag zur Erreichung der Ziele der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) besprechen. Wir werden aktuelle und kommende Herausforderungen thematisieren und uns fragen, wie wir sie bewältigen können.

Termin: 5. Oktober 2020

Start: 8:30 Uhr

Ende: 18:30 Uhr

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Am 05. Oktober wird Berlin zur Diskussionsplattform für international renommierte Experten aus verschiedensten Bereichen. Gemeinsam mit ihnen und Storyteller*innen sowie Vertreter*innen der deutschen Politik und Zivilgesellschaft werden wir unseren möglichen Beitrag zur Erreichung der Ziele der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) besprechen. Wir werden aktuelle und kommende Herausforderungen thematisieren und uns fragen, wie wir sie bewältigen können.

8. OCTOBER 2020