Welcome to the Critical Action Lab. Experiment with new ways of taking action on the causes and impacts of climate change. Collaborate with a growing network of young people and science organizations. Tell your story of action!

Critical?

We’re using critical thinking practice to be more effective on the most important issues of our time. Dive into the 9 Habits of Critical Thinking. (Habit 2: we invite every perspective.)

Action?

We’re doing stuff for real! Exploring what taking action looks like and how we tell stories of action. Head to YouTube for the latest (Habit 7: we imagine the possibilities)

Lab?

We’re experimenting! It’s a place to try out new ideas and learn from global successes and failures. Check out some of our experiments! (Habit 5: we slow down and reflect)

What’s the goal? To create a virtuous circle! Telling stories of action big and small that inspire young people to connect, create their own actions and tell new stories of positive change.

Interested in learning more?  Getting involved?

How does it work?

Every year, the Lab funds a cohort of Fellows to explore what taking action means in different local communities. Game nights, Youth Climate Summits, Climate Cafes, citizen science studies, sustainable fashion shows and everything in between.

Who are the science partners?

The founding members are the Natural History Museum of Utah, the Wild Center, Phipps Conservancy and Mass Audubon. Every Lab Partner commits to provide guidance, space and support for their Lab Fellows. The network is growing - watch this space!

What support?

Fellows get access to critical thinking tools, live workshops and all the experience and enthusiasm of a growing network of Fellows. Professional film-makers are also on-hand for video and storytelling support. 

What’s happening this year? We welcomed the founding cohort of 20 Fellows from four organizations across the United States. Sign up to hear when applications open for 2024/25 Lab Fellows.  

2023-2024 Partners