Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

2020 Conference

Conference Teaser Photo

Our 2020 climate change conference will focus on youth climate activists


Accompanying Youth to a Hope-filled Future

Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce our 2020 climate change conference

March 12-13, 2020

Twenty-three-year-old Kelsey Juliana is suing the United States government for her constitutional right to a livable planet. Teenager Tokata Iron Eyes organizes and advocates for indigenous rights and against fossil fuel interests as part of the Standing Rock Youth. Recent Loyola graduate Paul Campion helps lead the Sunrise Movement in Chicago and works with an army of young people to protest climate change and usher in a Green New Deal. Across the country, the climate crisis has mobilized young people to action.

Listen to their stories, respond, and become inspired to act on behalf of the planet during this year’s Keynote Conversation at Loyola’s sixth climate change conference.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
7 p.m. in Mundelein Auditorium

Keynote conversation with youth climate leaders
moderated by Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ's Worldview 

Kelsey Juliana
Tokata Iron Eyes
Paul Campion

In addition to our first-ever Keynote Conversation, this year’s conference will be plenary-style and center on grassroots activism.

Panel topics will include:

  • how climate change is driving displacement and the climate migrant’s plight,
  • an intergenerational conversation between our keynote climate activists and their mentors, 
  • climate advocacy through art, and
  • Chicago youth activists. 

Watch this highlight video and read these eight takeaways from our 2018 conference. Videos of all the presentations and photos from our 2018 conference are online.

 Stay up to date on announcements for our 2020 climate change conference. 


Climate Strike Dance for Change

This film, inspired by the global climate strike, supports environmental justice and immediate action on climate change. Directed by Loyola's Amy M. Wilkinson, choreographed by LOUD BODIES, music by Xiuhtezcatl.