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Climate Calling

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.

City of Malibu

County of Los Angeles Public Library


2017 Keynote Address

Sylvia Earle presented by the Malibu Library Speaker Series with Pepperdine University

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

Sylvia Earle

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer.

Former Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., Founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, the Ocean in Google Earth, a founding Ocean Elder, and leader of the NGS Sustainable Seas Expeditions.

Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.

Climate Calling Media Festival

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Thursday, April 13th, 7pm
Elkins Auditorium, Malibu campus

  • What stories would you like to share about climate change?
  • What personal experience inspired you to care about the changing world around you?
  • Where have you experienced climate change in your daily life?
  • How has your faith inspired you to act to help the planet?
  • Potential Topic Areas Include: Solutions to Climate Change, Air and Water Quality, Loss of Biodiversity, Effects on the Ocean, Human Impacts, Erratic Weather and Drought, Shifting Landscapes

The Climate Calling Media Festival was created to give ALL students and Pepperdine alums voice to share these experiences. The CCMF's mission is bring together young creative from around the globe to share in their care for the planet and inspire others to do the same.

Young creators are encouraged to submit their short film (1-2 minute), spoken word, photo exhibition or any other type of creation to the content.

A voting council will choose 10 Official Selections which will each receive a cash award and be displayed at the CCMF 2017.

An audience choice award will be chosen and will receive a once-in-a-life experience to be announced on the night of CCMF 2017.

ALL student and Pepperdine alum storytellers are welcome to submit.

Submission Deadline: April 6, 2017 - SUBMISSION PACKET
or Email for questions.

Student Research Presentations

Friday, April 14th, 2pm
Juarez Courtyard and Weisman Museum

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 2016

Earth Day Fair

Wednesday, April 12th from 11 AM to 2 PM
Mullin Town Square

Celebrate Earth Day with the Pepperdine community! Enjoy free food from local vendors, compete for prizes, and see farm animals. Learn about what Pepperdine and organizations within our local community are doing to further environmental and social causes. The seventh annual Earth Day Fair is sponsored by the Pepperdine Center for Sustainability.

This year, we are offering a $100 sponsorship package for interested vendors. The sponsorship package will include:

  1. Placement of your logo on flyers and marketing materials
  2. Your sponsored booth featured as a required stop for participants filling out Earth Day "passports"

Please email by March 10th if you have an interest in participating as a sponsor or would like to donate a prize to our raffle!

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