4 simple numbers in 1 simple infographic about the scary truth

It's a fact: Climate change is happening. Know a denier? Show them the numbers.

Unilever and the United Nations

Yeah, climate change is happening. We can debate the best way to address it, but the discussions about whether it's really a thing are very off base, tired, and unproductive.

Here are a few more facts to share with those who don't want to face reality:

A handy carbon dioxide graph!

According to NASA, "The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years." Not good.

And then there's the sea level issue...

Climate change causes the sea level to rise both from melting land ice and from seawater expansion, which occurs as the water warms.

But really, when over 700 scientists and over 1,700 expert reviewers from all over the world spend five years analyzing the data, we should stop arguing about it.

I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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