As the world becomes increasingly aware of climate change, the role of climate scientists has expanded from research expeditions in remote parts of the world, to educators, not only to future scientists but their local communities as well.
How do climate scientists feel about teaching the world about the bleak realities that climate change is having on our environment? Turns out for many, it’s the highlight of the job.
Gabriela Negrete-Garcia, Phd candidate at UC San Diego in California has found that “Communicating my research is one of my favorite things about my work. I like to continually learn how to become a better storyteller so I can reach as many people as possible.”
Even after a lifetime of research, Dr. Ben Santer recently gave an inspiring speech at Yale University on how educating the community has given him hope for positive change in 2020;
“I’ve spoken publicly about climate change in over 35 of the 50 states. I’ve lectured to students in schools, universities, and research labs. I’ve talked to young adults in churches, Rotary Clubs, and scientific meetings. I’ve visited well-known universities and quiet academic backwaters. It’s been a real privilege to explore this country, to get a better sense of the things that are of concern to the next generation of scientists, teachers, artists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, and leaders.”
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