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Loyola University Chicago Hosts Third Annual
Climate Change Conference
Author and Activist Naomi Klein Headlines Three-Day Event Focused on Economic Challenges and Solutions
Surrounding Climate Change

Loyola University Chicago is hosting its third annual conference on climate change. This year’s conference, “Global Climate Change: Economic Challenges and Solutions,” will gather academics, researchers, and sustainability advocates to examine principles, policies, and actions needed to combat global climate change, particularly in the context of social justice and our current economic system. The Institute of Environmental Sustainability, along with the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership and the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, will host the event.

Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, will deliver the conference’s keynote address titled “Ecological Economics: Capitalism, Free Trade and NAFTA on the Acceleration of Green House Gas Emissions and Climate Change.”

The conference schedule includes a collegiate biodiesel workshop that will be led by the director of Loyola’s Searle Biodiesel Lab. Other panels and workshops scheduled will showcase interdisciplinary dialogue focused on international policy after COP21 (the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference), economics for the Anthropocene, climate justice, and the activism that has occurred surrounding climate change. Panelists include:

For more information, including event locations, visit LUC.edu/sustainability. Events on March 17–18 are open to the public. For information on cost and schedules, click here.

Thursday, March 17                                                

Keynote: 7 p.m.
*Note: During Naomi Klein’s keynote address on Thursday, March 17, no audio or video recording will be permitted.

Friday, March 18
Panel Discussions/Workshops: 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Poster Session: 4 p.m.
Student Sustainability Summit: 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
Collegiate Biodiesel Workshop: Transforming Cafeteria Waste into Clean Energy
8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Loyola University Chicago
Lake Shore Campus
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

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