According to the World Meteorological Society the 2010’s will almost certainly be the warmest decade on Earth since instrument temperature data began being collected in the 19th century. The past five years have been the warmest on record globally and 2019 will be the second or third warmest year on record.

It is hot out there, people. And getting hotter. And yes, I know, I am writing this in December and the weather people are screaming about how much of the country is facing cold this week. But reality is reality and the world is a warmer place than it has ever been in the human experience. While parts of the planet are cold at any given time, the overall trend is warming and that has huge implications for all living beings regardless of whether we choose to face them or not.

Local election season is right around the corner. It is not too early to find and support candidates for local office who will take this issue seriously. Put that on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2020, just ahead of using that gym membership.