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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondOne of my questions I get all the time from high school students, from college students is what can they do to get involved in solving the climate crisis. What can they do to have a good career that will not only give everyone what they need in a career, a good livelihood and such, but will also allow them to contribute to solving a really major problem and what I'll tell the high school students especially is think about doing a lot of math. Think about how are you gonna be a really good quantitative person. Think about how to really work on your writing and reading and speaking.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsThese are just basics that you gotta have no matter what you do and if you're gonna be a climate champion, a game changer like we try to educate here at the University of Michigan, you gotta have those basic skills, and then I think the next step is you go with your heart. You know, if you're really interested in economics, by all means, dive into economics. If you're interested in political science, do that. If you wanna be a physicist or a chemist, I can tell you a lotta climate science labs would love to have you involved in their work.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 secondsThe point is is you gotta have your passion and you gotta tap your innate skills in terms of what you think you're good at, but so remember, throughout this whole thing as you learn to be a good scientist or a social scientist, remember who your real audience is too. It's not just your peers in academia. It's people out there in the real world, in the public. It's policy leaders. It's community leaders. It's business leaders. It's the average citizen. It's teachers who are trying to teach their kids, so that's why it's so critical to really work on your communication skills at the same time you're working on some of those more hardcore academic skills.

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