MALIBU—In celebration of Earth Day, the Malibu Library Speaker Series will host an Earth Day special event. The Malibu Library Speaker Series has partnered with Pepperdine University to help present the 3rd Annual Climate Calling Conference. The conference will run from Wednesday, April 6 to Friday, April 8. The conference will kickoff with a keynote address given by Environmental Activist and Author Bill McKibben. He will be speaking at Pepperdine University’s Elkins Auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The conference titled, “Climate Calling: Student and Community Responses to Climate Change” is aimed to bring awareness to work towards stopping climate change and creating a sustainable future.
The first Climate Calling Conference was created in 2014 by faculty members of Pepperdine with the help of student representatives.
McKibben is known as the founder of 350.org, a website that is providing worldwide grassroots efforts on dealing and tackling climate change. He has written a dozen books. His notable book The End of Nature was published in 1989. The book is known as the first to gain supporters on climate change. In 2014, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize which is known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’
The sixth annual Earth Day Fair at Mullin Town Square will be held on Wednesday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local food vendors will be providing free food. Guests can compete for prizes, see farm animals, and recycle old electronics.
Day two of the conference will feature a screening of the movie “This Changes Everything,” at Elkins Auditorium at 7 p.m. The movie is directed by Avi Lewis and is inspired by Naomi Klein’s international book of the same name. The movie shows different communities such as Montana’s Powder River Basin, Alberta Tar Sands, and the coast of South India that are dealing with climate change.
Student presentations will wrap up the event. The presentations will take place at the Juarez Courtyard and Weismann Museum at 2 p.m. Students will present their research topics.
The conference is free to attend. Those interested in attending the keynote address must register at Climate https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pepperdine-university-climate-calling-2016-bill-mckibben-keynote-address-tickets-22225766867.