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Climate Calling Conference 2019

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Student and Community Responses to Climate Change

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


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 lectures, documentaries, and student presentations.

Climate Calling is sponsored by the Malibu Public Library Speaker Series, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives, and the Center for Sustainability.

City of Malibu

LA County Library


Pepperdine Center for Sustainability



Arbor Day Ceremony

Wednesday, April 10, 9–9:30 AM

Soccer Field Entry


Join Pepperdine Ambassadors Council, the Department of Landscaping and Irrigation Services, and the Center for Sustainability in planting a tree together in celebration of Arbor Day 2019.

Sustainability Fair

Wednesday, April 10, from 11 AM to 2 PM

Joslyn Plaza


Participate in Pepperdine's annual Earth Day event in the heart of the Malibu campus, where students, faculty, and staff come together to celebrate our beautiful planet with activities, food, and booths from environmental organizations inside and outside of Pepperdine.

Student Research Presentations

Wednesday, April 10, 2–4 pm

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.


2019 Keynote Address: "Environmental Stewardship Begins in our Backyard"

Dr. Stephen Davis presented by the Malibu Library Speaker Series with Pepperdine University

Wednesday, April 10, 7 pm

Elkins Auditorium, Malibu campus


Environmental Stewardship Begins in Our Backyard

Dr. Stephen D. Davis

The keynote address for our Climate Calling Conference will focus on a truly remarkable plant community, often found in the back yard of where we live, work, and go to school. The plant community, known as chaparral vegetation, dominates the natural landscape of the Santa Monica Mountains, including the Malibu Campus of Pepperdine University. During the address we will admire a myriad of chaparral goods and services provided by this indigenous vegetation to humans, wildlife, soils, and watershed. Often seen as a threat before wildfire, we will see how chaparral is our best friend after fire, rejuvenating from ashes to emerge as a super-bloom in our back yard. To facilitate a "student and community response to climate change," the audience will have opportunity to pose questions to a panel of recent Pepperdine graduates regarding chaparral and California's changing climate.

Climate Calling Keynote Address Video: