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Scott Dodd is Grist's editor in chief.

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Megan Boone doesn’t scare easily. Cast as a rookie FBI profiler alongside James Spader’s career criminal on NBC’s The Blacklist, the relative unknown quickly learned to hold her own in scenes with her more famous co-star.

But that didn’t stop her from feeling anxious on a hot day this July when speaking out about climate change. Boone took the podium for a Moms Clean Air Force rally in Washington, D.C., clutching a speech she had written herself — and hired a fact checker to examine for accuracy.

“I was very nervous, and it felt great!” Boone told me with a full-throated laugh, taking a break between shooting promos for her show’s fifth season, which premieres Wednesday night. “I haven’t been nervous in a long time, but public speaking is scary.”

So is going to graduate school while starring in a hit series. But after the birth of her daughter a year and a half ago, Boone felt the need to begin learning more, and doing more, to stop a diabolical real-world threat that’s far scarier than the criminal masterminds she chases on TV: climate change.

So she enrolled at Bard College to pursue an MBA in sustainability, starting classes this ... Read more

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