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You don’t have to quit your day job to make a difference on climate change.

Waite: “No matter if you’re in healthcare, media, journalism, science and tech, you can integrate sustainability, you can pursue it and you can have both purpose and profit.”

Marilyn Waite is the author of Sustainability at Work: Careers That Make a Difference. She says anyone can integrate their concerns about climate into their jobs.

For example, if you’re a teacher …

Waite: “Your role is to prepare these students for their future lives and careers. Of course you can specialize within that, you can focus on environmental science, but you can also integrate it throughout your educational curriculum, no matter what the subject matter is.”

Or let’s say you’re in finance. Natural disasters, resource shortages, and other climate change impacts can threaten investments, so Waite says it’s essential to understand and weigh those risks.

Office employees can encourage their companies to buy environmentally friendly products. Nurses can educate patients about climate-related health risks. The list goes on.

The bottom line is that, regardless of your job, addressing climate change is all in a day’s work.

Reporting credit: Daisy Simmons/ChavoBart Digital Media.