4 myths about working on climate change in global development

By Ma. Eliza Villarino 15 March 2016

Scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research study biomass in mangrove ecosystems as part of the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program in Indonesia. Devex spoke with several climate experts to debunk common myths about working on climate change in global development. Photo by: Kate Evans / CIFOR / CC BY-NC

Climate change is quickly becoming a core focus of global development, and the demand for experts to help take action to combat it is growing. But there are several misconceptions about engaging in climate work, from the skills involved to the sectors it touches.

Devex spoke with several climate experts to debunk four common myths.

Myth 1: You have to be a hard scientist to work on climate change.

This is perhaps the biggest misconception about working on climate change. There are certainly lots of climate science and research jobs, but there are as many development jobs that are not science-related, if not more.

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Ma. Eliza VillarinoDevexElizaJV

Currently based in New York City, Eliza is a veteran journalist focused on covering the most pressing issues and latest innovations in global health, humanitarian aid, sustainability and development. A member of Mensa, Eliza has earned a master's degree in public affairs and bachelor's degree in political science from the University of the Philippines.


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