During his 15-minute speech, Cook, 58, called on the students to do better for humanity and to ignore the political noise around the climate change issue in order to make a real difference.
“This problem doesn’t get any easier based on whose side wins or loses an election,” he said, adding that people should stop and think about why some deny climate science. “It’s about who has won life’s lottery and has the luxury of ignoring this issue and who stands to lose everything.”
“When we talk about climate change or any issue with human cost — and there are many — I challenge you to look for those who have the most to lose, and find the real true empathy that comes from something shared,” Cook said. “That is really what we owe one another.”
And he had advice for people headed into the business world: “Don’t waste time on problems that have been solved. Don’t get hung up on what other people say is practical. Instead, steer your ship into the rocky seas.”