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Climate Calling 2024

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Student and Community Responses to Climate Change

April 2024

Climate Calling is a conference dedicated to exploring climate change, its consequences, and our moral calling to respond to growing concerns about the future of our planet. 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. Attendees learn about topics such as species extinction, drought, flooding, marine impacts, sustainable food practices, and environmental justice and activism through a keynote lecture, student presentations, and on-campus activities.

Climate Calling is sponsored by the Malibu Library Speaker Series and the Pepperdine Office of the Vice Provost and the Center for Sustainability.

City of Malibu

LA County Library






Events Schedule

2024 Keynote Address

Thursday, April 11, Elkins Auditorium

7pm Keynote Address   |   8:30pm Book Signing

Rosanna Xia presented by the Malibu Library Speaker Series with Pepperdine University

California Against the Sea


Lessons on Climate Storytelling from an L.A. Times Reporter

In this lecture, Los Angeles Times reporter Rosanna Xia will break down how environmental journalists today are writing about climate change, with lessons learned on how to turn complex issues into memorable and deeply-felt stories. Xia will also introduce her new book, California Against the Sea, and share insights from her award-winning reporting on sea level rise.


"In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught."

- Baba Dioum


Rosanna Xia

About the Speaker

Rosanna Xia is an environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where she specializes in stories about the coast and ocean.  She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020 for explanatory reporting, and her work has been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. Her first book, California Against the Sea, has been praised as a beautiful and revelatory exploration of how we relate to the natural world. 

Student Research Presentations

Wednesday, April 10, from 3 pm to 5 pm
Biggers Family Courtyard (next to Elkins Auditorium)

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.


Earth Day Fair

Tuesday, April 9, from 11 am to 2 pm
Joslyn Plaza

The Center for Sustainability is hosting its annual Earth Day event in the heart of the Malibu Campus, where students, faculty, and staff come together to celebrate our beautiful planet with informational booths from environmental organizations inside and outside of Pepperdine. 



eWaste Drive

Wednesday, April 10

7:30 am - 3 pm

Pepperdine University, all campuses

The Center for Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety are partnering with ER2 to collect and recycle, or appropriately dispose of, your eWaste items, including computers, laptops, televisions, cell phones, CDs, DVDs, printers, batteries, cords, and gaming systems.

*Please note that all Pepperdine-owned devices must be disposed of through Tech Central and cannot be dropped off at this event. ­


Malibu Campus

There will be two drop-off locations: the lawn of the HAWC and a drive-and-drop location on Benton Way, just north of Drescher Campus. 

Graduate Campuses 

At all graduate campuses, eWaste can be brought to the front reception desks.