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CANCELLED - Climate Calling Conference 2020

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Student and Community Responses to Climate Change

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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 and the Center for Sustainability.

City of Malibu

LA County Library


Pepperdine Center for Sustainability


Office of the Vice Provost


Events Schedule

The Biggest Little Farm Film Screening and Q&A Student-led Panel with Farmer John Chester

Monday, March 30, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Surfboard Room inside Payson Library

Join us for a screening of the documentary The Biggest Little Farm, which chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren land and a dream to convert it to a sustainable farm. Through perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Watch the trailer !

Following the screening, John Chester, the protagonist of the film, will talk about sustainability and answer questions from a panel of students about his experience starting Apricot Lane Farms.

Sustainability Fair

Tuesday, March 31, 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. Free tamales for participants!


Student Research Presentations

Wednesday, April 1, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 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.


CANCELLED -2020 Keynote Address: "The Uninhabitable Earth"

The Keynote Address on April 1, 2020 has been cancelled.

David Wallace-Wells presented by the Malibu Library Speaker Series with Pepperdine University

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7 pm
Elkins Auditorium, Malibu campus


The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

David Wallace-Wells

The future is being transformed by climate change faster and more dramatically than we realized. Politics, tech, business—even our sense of history, human rights, and justice—will all be changed by this massive force. But how? To what degree? In his critically-hailed instant New York Times bestseller, The Uninhabitable Earth, DAVID WALLACE-WELLS tells the epic story of our time. In urgent talks, he asks key questions—how will the map of global power shift as coastlines are redrawn? —and reminds us that everything is within our control, so long as we resist complacency.

The Uninhabitable Earth was named to the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019, GQ's Best Books of 2019, the New Yorker's Favorite Books of 2019, and was chosen as one of TIME's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019. In addition, Wallace-Wells will be serving as a consulting producer on the just-announced HBO Max anthology series of the same name, inspired by his book.

The Keynote Address will be followed by a book signing at the Elkins Auditorium at 8:30 pm.


Electronic Waste Drive

Friday, April 3, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Drescher Parking Lot S

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

Did you know that eWaste cannot be disposed of with regular trash because it contains hazardous and environmentally toxic materials? To keep our environment safe and clean, Pepperdine is partnering with Homeboy Industries to collect and properly dispose of or recycle your eWaste items.
eWaste items include the following:
Cell Phones
CDs and DVDs
Game Systems
*All computer hard drives will have files professionally removed.

Community Garden Day

Saturday, April 4, from 9 AM to 10:30 AM
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 alongside Farmscape, an urban farming company, to learn best practices, pick and plant organic produce, and spend time in community. Light snacks will be provided.