Geography Department Leads Climate Change Symposium on Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, the Geography Department is hosting its first Climate Change Symposium on April 19 at 11:45 a.m. in the Campus Theatre.

Starting off the event is keynote speaker Dr. Glen M. MacDonald, distinguished professor at UCLA. He is the John Muir Memorial Chair of Geography, Director of the White Mountain Research Center and was the former director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He is renowned for his work in the topics of climate change, North American water resources, and has spoken to policy makers, provided testimony to various California state agencies and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Following the keynote, a faculty panel will answer questions and provide information regarding various topics focusing on climate change. Sociology Professor Mohammad Abdel Haq will discuss the different perceptions and attitudes on climate change across demographic, political, and religious groups. Geography Professor Aline Gregorio will discuss the impact of dietary choices on our individual emissions, paying emphasis to the role of animal husbandry in global climate change. Geography Professor Ruben Lopez will cover relationships between climate change and a growing global refugee crisis.

Ending the symposium, a screening of the award winning film Before the Flood will be shown at 3:30 p.m. This award-winning documentary from National Geographic features Leonardo DiCaprio through his role as United Nations Messenger of Peace. Traveling to five continents and the Arctic he learns the reality of climate change and meets up with the leaders fighting against climate change in the world.

For more information about any of these events please contact Aline Gregorio at 714-992-7537 or contact her by email at

Author: Fullerton College

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