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California's response to wildfires and other climate-related events will be focus of Fighting Climate Change conference.

Climate Change Solutions to be Explored in Public Policy Conference at Chapman Free daylong event will also include presentation of Orange County Annual Survey.

Update: This event has been canceled as part of the university’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.


In California, the signs of climate change are profound. Wildfires, rising ocean tides and shifting weather patterns threaten communities, property and the Golden State’s natural wonders. How to respond?

That question and more will be the focus of a daylong conference at Chapman University, where scientists, scholars and thought leaders will gather on Wednesday, April 1, for Chapman’s sixth Annual Public Policy Conference.

The conference, called Fighting Climate Change, will focus its conversations on the responsible steps the state’s leaders need to take now to ensure a greener and safer future in the next 50 years, says conference organizer Fred Smoller, Ph.D., professor of political science.

Discussing Sustainable Solutions

“Californians have struggled to translate our desire to stop or mitigate climate change into real action and sustained progress. And we have yet to consider all the ways that pursuing this fight will reshape our communities and regions in economy, in culture and especially in governance,” Smoller said.

In addition to the conference program, results of the Chapman University Orange County Annual Survey will be presented during the luncheon. Conducted by Smoller and Mike Moodian, Ed.D, a Chapman integrated education studies faculty member, the survey takes the pulse of county residents on critical policy and social issues.

Reserve Your Seat

Supported by a grant from Fieldstead and Company and hosted by Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the annual conference is free and open to the public.

The day will open with an 8 a.m. reception in the George H.W. Bush Conference Center and break for lunch and presentation of the Chapman University Orange County Annual Survey at 12:30 p.m.

To see the full conference schedule and details about each of the panels and reservation information, please visit the Fighting Climate Change conference site.

Dawn Bonker