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Climate Calling 2018

Student and Community Responses to Climate Change

Climate Calling is a three-day conference dedicated to exploring climate change, its consequences, and our moral calling to respond to growing concerns about the future of our planet. In partnership with student representatives, the conference is led by a group of Pepperdine faculty members from diverse disciplines.

The gathering draws students, faculty, and community members together in a mutual effort to address the subject of climate change and to foster a more sustainable future. Over the course of three days, attendees learn about topics such as species extinction, drought, flooding, marine impacts, sustainable food practices, and environmental justice and activism through lectures, documentaries, and student presentations.

In collaboration with the Malibu Public Library Speaker Series, Climate Calling: Student and Community Responses to Climate Change is sponsored by Pepperdine University and the Malibu Public Library Speaker Series and is presented with Pepperdine University's Center for Sustainability and the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture.

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Tuesday, April 10

Healthy Planet, Healthy You
11am - 2pm, Mullin Town Square

Wednesday, April 11

Paul Hawken, Keynote Address
7pm, Elkins Auditorium

Thursday, April 12

Student Research Presentations
3pm - 5pm, Upper Mullin Town Square

Climate Calling Media Festival
7pm, Elkins Auditorium



Healthy Planet, Healthy You
Sustainability and Wellness Fair

Tuesday, April 10th from 11 AM to 2 PM
Mullin Town Square


Celebrate Earth Day early in the heart of Pepperdine's Malibu campus. Grab a bite to eat at the Farmer's Market, learn about creation care from student groups, and be reminded of the importance of self-care in this event co-hosted by the Center for Sustainability and Human Resources.

2018 Keynote Address

Paul Hawken presented by the Malibu Library Speaker Series with Pepperdine University

Wednesday, April 11th, 7 pm
Elkins Auditorium, Malibu campus


Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has changed the way our world relates business to the environment. He has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Washington Post, and Business Week. He has written eight books including four national and NYT bestsellers: Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce, Blessed Unrest, and Drawdown (2017). The Ecology of Commerce was voted in 2013 as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. President Clinton called Natural Capitalism one of the five most important books in the world. He is published in 50 countries and 30 languages. His latest book, "Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" debuted April 18, 2017 as a #9 NYT bestseller. He is the founder of Project Drawdown, which works with over two hundred scholars, students, scientists, researchers, and activists to map, measure, and model the one hundred most substantive solutions that can cumulatively reverse global warming by reducing and sequestering greenhouse gases.

Student Research Presentations

Thursday, April 12th, 3-5pm
Upper Mullin Town Square


Student researchers will present their research topics during an academic poster session. Their presentations are part of a spring semester course that includes a climate change component. A video retrospective of last year's presentations is available online


Climate Calling Media Festival

Thursday, April 12th, 7pm
Elkins Auditorium, Malibu campus 



- How have you experienced climate change?
- What inspired you to make a difference for our Earth?
- How has your faith inspired you to act?

The creative voices of Pepperdine students and alumni will come together to share their responses to climate change through film, photo, and spoken word. All Pepperdine students and alumni are encouraged to submit their short film (1-3 minute), spoken word, photo exhibition or any other type of creation to the content. Cash prizes of $750, $500, and $250 will be awarded to the top three submissions.

Potential topics include: Solutions to Climate Change, Air and Water Quality, Loss of Biodiversity, Effects on the Ocean, Human Impacts, Erratic Weather, and Drought, Shifting Landscapes

Submission Deadline: April 6, 2018 - SUBMISSION FORM HERE
Email ccmediafest@gmail.com for questions.

Watch videos from previous Climate Calling conferences