Wednesday, April 1, 2020
8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
George H. W. Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, Room 404

Conference is free, open to the public, but reservation is required.

This conference is made possible by a generous grant from Fieldstead and Company.

In California, support for fighting climate change is both broad and urgent. Wildfires are destroying our communities. The rising ocean is beginning to flood our coast. Shifting weather patterns threaten many of the natural wonders that put us on the map, from the sequoias of the Sierra to the snows of Shasta.  But 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.

As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches, it is time for us to step back and reflect on our past actions and begin to take responsible steps towards a greener future in the next fifty years.  How can California and its communities make more progress in the fight, achieving not just reductions in greenhouse gases but also profound changes in how we live? What sort of governance improvements do we need locally, regionally, or statewide to succeed? Is the fight against climate distracting us from other problems—like poverty, housing and education—or can the fight help address other problems? And what could be the unintended consequences and challenges for our government and our everyday lives?

If you are interested at all in public policy or what we can do to preserve our planet in the years to come, join us on Wenesday, April 1st in for the Wilkinson College Political Science Department’s 6th Annual Public Policy Conference.  The conference offers several panels featuring moderators and panelists from top universities, cities, nonprofits, and more.  Some of the panels include topics such as “What can Local Governments Do to Fight Climate Change?” and “What Can We Learn From Other Countries and Cities About Fighting Climate Change?” The day will start with a reception at 8:00 a.m. in the George H.W. Bush Conference Center and will break for lunch and Chapman University Orange County Annual Survey at 12:30 p.m.  To see the full schedule of the 6th Annual Public Policy Conference and more details about each of the panels click here.

To reserve your free spot at the conference, register here today.