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Climate Change Conference

Climate Change Conference

March 16, 2023

Climate Refugees: Human Migration in the Era of Climate Change

Loyola University Chicago’s annual Climate Change Conference examines the climate crisis from multiple perspectives, highlighting the connections between climate change and social justice. The conference draws inspiration from Loyola’s enduring Jesuit values of social justice, service to humanity, and care for our world. The event convenes experts and leaders from diverse sectors to surface and advance just and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. The 2023 conference will focus on climate-driven migration. 

A family navigates flood waters in South Sudan

In 2019, record flooding linked to climate change displaced approximately 620,000 people in South Sudan. The Jesuit Refugee Agency provided this photo of a family navigating the flooded landscape. 

In the coming years, the effects of climate change will test the limits of national and global governance and international cooperation. The changing climate will impact human migration and add to the growing number of displaced people around the globe.

In March of 2023, Loyola will welcome a high-profile keynote speaker and a panel of experts to explore issues confronting the international community, including:

  • Large-scale human migration due to resource scarcity, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and other factors, particularly in the developing countries in the earth’s lower latitudes
  • Intensifying intra- and inter-state competition for food, water, and other resources
  • Increased frequency and severity of disease outbreaks
  • Increased US border stress due to the severe effects of climate change in parts of Central America

The conference will take place on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. A streaming option will be available for those who choose to participate online. 

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Past Conferences

Our climate change conferences are always the highlight of our academic year. Past speakers have included renowned scientists, community activists, and leaders in government, nonprofits, education, religion, and other fields.

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In the coming years, the effects of climate change will test the limits of national and global governance and international cooperation. The changing climate will impact human migration and add to the growing number of displaced people around the globe.

In March of 2023, Loyola will welcome a high-profile keynote speaker and a panel of experts to explore issues confronting the international community, including:

  • Large-scale human migration due to resource scarcity, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and other factors, particularly in the developing countries in the earth’s lower latitudes
  • Intensifying intra- and inter-state competition for food, water, and other resources
  • Increased frequency and severity of disease outbreaks
  • Increased US border stress due to the severe effects of climate change in parts of Central America

The conference will take place on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. A streaming option will be available for those who choose to participate online. 

Sign up to receive updates about the 2023 Climate Conference.