Faculty from Valparaiso University have joined forces with the University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic and Indiana/Chicagoland environmentally minded organizations and people to discuss important environmental and human health themes. This year’s event will highlight climate change in the Midwest. Informative discussions on evolving understanding of climate change, the effects, and the means to move forward will supplement University of Chicago Professor David Archer’s keynote presentation, “Fossil fuel carbon in the context of Earth’s natural carbon cycle.” This symposium will be split into sessions focused on science, economics, legal, and governmental policy discussions pertaining to climate change.  There are also speakers from a variety of institutions, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, the mayor of Portage, the Hoosier Environmental Council, Purdue University, and Valparaiso University.