I think it is really important for young people to build wealth in their youth, so they can be financially empowered to make a difference with their wallets. It is just as equally important to understand finance and what it means in the simplest of terms so that when we enter the negotiation rooms, we understand what is being negotiated and what that translates into in our day-to-day lives.
Remember, wisdom is sometimes hidden in books, but mostly in the knowledge built over time by your immediate neighbor. So as you build your knowledge of finance, observe and learn what is happening in your surrounding. Especially for climate activists, it is really critical to observe what is happening in your ecosystem and immediate environment to determine how that will affect and impact you both in the short and long term.
Build wealth, because as much as we say money does not buy everything, it can fix a lot of problems and was invented for that very purpose. So fall in love with building money, your cash reserves and your finances, so that you can take action to help steer the planet in the right direction.
And remember, you can create change with your wallet, simply by being conscious of where you bank, and how you spend your money.
It is never to late to begin on the journey of financial fortitude, who knows, you just might be the one that comes up with an amazing fin-tech idea that will finance a solution that solves a real-world crisis. Figure out your path, and be consistent with it.
If you are interested to learn how I am contributing to climate finance, visit GYCAF.