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Climate Calling Conference 2022

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Student and Community Responses to Climate Change

April 2022

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 Public Library Speaker Series, the Office of the Vice Provost, and the Center for Sustainability.

City of Malibu

LA County Library


Pepperdine Center for Sustainability


Office of the Vice Provost


Events Schedule

2022 Keynote Address

Elizabeth Rush presented by the Malibu Library Speaker Series with Pepperdine University

Watch the Keynote Address

What might we learn from the people living on climate change’s frontlines about the future that we share? In this talk, Elizabeth Rush will speak about a small community on the eastern shore of Staten Island–– a place that Sandy both undid and remade from the ground up––investigating the storm's aftermath and the radical decision residents made to retreat from rising seas in an attempt to overcome their shared vulnerability. She will address whose voices have been traditionally left out of environmental discourse and how we might make this conversation more whole moving forward.

Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore and Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Gaurdian, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard and the New Republic, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants including the Howard Foundation Fellowship, awarded by Brown University; the Society for Environmental Journalism Grant; the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship; and the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University, and teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.

Student Research Presentations

Friday, April 8, from 2 pm to 4 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.



Presented by Art and Art History and Art and Sustainability 

Friday, April 8, 12 pm 
Surfboard Room

Supercollider is the Mothership (HQ) for sci+art+tech exhibitions in LA and beyond. They seek to drive persistent conversation about the future of Earth through immersive science+art experiences. They have bi-monthly exhibitions and extend their curations via Satellites to local and (inter)national places.

This is a space where art, science, and tech collide to inspire social and environmental responsibility.

Supercollider brings together leading artists, scientists, and the public to celebrate the future and reframe the challenges facing our world. In this process, they build accountability networks and creative connection across disciplines and locations to spark collective perseverance and collaborative action, with art at the forefront.


Earth Day Fair

Tuesday, April 5, 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 food and informational booths from environmental organizations inside and outside of Pepperdine. The first 100 people to stop by the Center for Sustainability’s booth will also receive a free succulent!



Electronic Waste Drive

Wednesday, April 6, from 7:30 am to 3 pm
Drescher Parking Lot S and Rho Lot

Do you have old, broken, or unused electronics cluttering your home? Donate them for a good cause!

The Center for Sustainability and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety are partnering with Homeboy Industries to collect and recycle, or appropriately dispose of, your eWaste items.

Accepted eWaste items include the following:
Cell Phones
CDs and DVDs
Game Systems

All computers, TVs, and laptops should be dropped off at the Drescher location where donuts will also be provided. All other accepted eWaste items can be dropped off at either the Drescher or Rho Lot locations.

*All computer hard drives will have files professionally removed.


Community Garden Day

Saturday, April 23, from 10 am to 1 pm
Community Garden (in front of Mail Services)

The Center for Sustainability and the student-led Green Team invite you to Pepperdine's annual Garden Day at the University's on-campus garden. Staff, faculty, and students will work together to learn best practices, pick and plant organic produce, and spend time in community. Light snacks will be provided.

students gardening