Wild fire in California hills
California's response to wildfires and other climate-related events were the focus of the Fighting Climate Change conference at Chapman University.

Missed Chapman’s Climate Change Conference? You Can Catch Up Online

Scientists, scholars, public policy experts and governmental leaders gathered for a daylong virtual conference at Chapman University to discuss the urgent problem of climate change.

Topics at the April 7 event, titled Fighting Climate Change: The Sixth Annual Public Policy Conference, ranged from local responses to discussions about the immediate impact of climate change on California’s coastal communities to vulnerable populations living in equatorial and island nations.

“The challenge that we face is to look straight at the issue, away from ‘us versus them,’ said panelist Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., a climate scientist and director in Chapman’s Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. “Now in the 21st century it’s become clear – we’ve got to be involved at every level and whatever we do influences everything.”

If you missed the conference, you can still catch all of the presentations online.

Now in its sixth year, the conference is organized by Fred Smoller, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The conference is made possible with support from  Fieldstead Company.

Dawn Bonker