Youth in climate action: Loyola 2021 Virtual Annual Climate Change Conference

Youth in climate action: Loyola 2021 Virtual Annual Climate Change Conference

Loyola University Chicago students Danny Weiler, Tim Ventrella, Connor Bishop, and Olivia White participate in the Global Climate Strike in Chicago on 20 September 2019, to express their concern about climate change. The Chicago march was just one of many across the world. (Photo: Lukas Keapproth)

The Loyola 2021 Climate Change Conference on 15 to 18 March focuses on how to amplify the voices of youth climate activists who are mobilizing people across the US to protect the planet.

The annual conference is held virtually this year through a week-long series of evening events and programming. Each evening, participants can join the discussions around a variety of topics including:

  • The first-ever Keynote Conversation with youth climate activists
  • An intergenerational conversation between keynote climate activists and their mentors
  • A panel discussion on how climate change is driving displacement and the plight of climate migrants
  • A panel on climate advocacy through art featuring local artists, and
  • A discussion with indigenous youth activists

The annual climate change conference is organized by the School of Environmental Sustainability-Loyola University Chicago, the University’s newest school launched in September 2020, elevating the previous Institute of Environmental Sustainability.

Founding Dean Nancy Tuchman, PhD, shared that establishing a flagship School of Environmental Sustainability is Loyola University Chicago’s new and greatly expanded commitment to the environment. “Amidst uncertain times, Loyola chose to invest in caring for our common home and the stability of our youth’s future by developing the University’s 11th school.”

For those interested to join, please register here, and for questions about the Climate Change Conference, please contact the School of Environmental Sustainability at


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