I dislike politics, especially in 2020! The word itself makes me cringe like scraping my nails on a chalkboard or seeing a wet band aid floating in a pool. It’s just not my thing. But why is that? As a scientist and environmental advocate, the mount Everest of “impact” is using scientific findings to guide policy, and to influence policy, one must jump into the political pool…band aids and all. Over the years I’ve realized that if I really want to influence positive change, I had to reframe my negative attitude about politics, governance and social service. So in 2017, I put my reluctance aside and accepted an invitation to serve on the City of Miami’s Climate Resilience Committee (CRC), an advisory board tasked with guiding policy that will help the Magic City thrive in the face of climate change.