The Wider Conversation

Submit your video to The Wider Conversation, a library of short videos made by UBC scholars, researchers and others, whose work relates to the Climate and Nature Emergency. The series aims to expand knowledge of your work to scholars, students, staff and community members across UBCV and UBCO – and potentially spark new collaborations or directions for current and future projects.

We also hope to use an edited version of the audio content as a podcast series of 10-15 min episodes intended for the general public.

We invite you to speak about both the scholarly side of your research and the personal side – what inspires you and motivates you, what challenges you’ve faced, and your ideas for collaboration. Below, you’ll find a list of questions to choose from to personalize your submission, along with some production details.


Length: Videos should be no longer than 20 minutes

Delivery: August 30, 2022.


PDF versions available to download:

The Questions

How to Record (includes screenshots)


Please contact PWIAS Communications Manager, Robin Evans with any questions.



Maximum 3-4 min per question. Please read each question to camera before sharing your answer.

Feel free to answer additional questions if you time, but please do not go over 20 minutes total.

Questions 1 -3 (Answer all)

  1. Please briefly Introduce yourself and your research (Your name, title, department and area of research expertise, you can also mention pronouns, positionality/ancestry, and offer territorial acknowledgement).
  2. How does your work relate to the Climate and Nature Emergency?
  3. Why is your work important? What potential difference could your work make in addressing the climate emergency?

List A: Personal Drivers (Please pick 2)

  • What level of urgency do you personally feel in relation to the Climate and Nature Emergency?
  • What worries you the most in relation to the Climate and Nature Emergency?
  • Have you experienced climate grief? How do you approach it in your work?
  • How do you acknowledge you systemic complicity in benefitting from unsustainable (energy, food, transport, housing, clothing, everything) systems?
  • What encourages you to keep going in the face of adversity in this area of work?
  • What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects in your area of work?
  • What should be UBC’s teaching priorities in relation to the Climate and Nature Emergency at undergraduate and graduate levels?

List B: Inter- and Trans-disciplinary Collaborations (Please pick at least 1)

  • Beyond your research focus, what are the most important questions related to the Climate and Nature Emergency?
  • What do you think are the barriers to effective collaborations around the Climate and Nature Emergency?
  • What kinds of interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary and/or community partnerships/collaborations would be necessary for the Climate and Nature Emergency to be addressed effectively in BC, in Canada and/or globally?
  • What should be UBC’s community engagement priorities in relation to the Climate and Nature Emergency?
  • What areas/topics would you be interested in collaborating around with other colleagues at UBC?



Check Your Zoom Settings

  1. Recording: select Record separate audio files
  2. Recording: select Optimize for 3rd party editor
  3. Recording: take note of where Zoom saves your files
  4. Video: select low light adjustment if needed
  5. Audio: select suppress background noise to auto
  6. Audio: select echo cancellation and stereo audio
  7. Select “save to cloud” when you start recording

Recording Set Up

  • Use an external microphone if available
  • Record in a quiet, private room
  • Be aware of your background, minimize clutter
  • Try to minimize chair rocking or other excessive movement
  • Speak to camera
  • No additional visuals – photos, graphs, slides, etc.

Finished Videos

  • Zoom will send you an email when files are ready
  • Log into Zoom website to retrieve
  • Ensure your sharing settings allow for downloads
  • Send the share link to PWIAS Communications Manager, Robin Evans:


You will be contacted if your submission is selected for the podcast and you will have an opportunity to approve any edits to your material before it is released.