Snow covered flowers, record-breaking heat, flash floods and dizzing temperature swings … 2021 was a year for the record books (and this is one record we’re not excited about).

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) four key climate change indicators – greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification – set new records in 2021. 

Extreme weather – the day-to-day “face” of climate change – led to hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses that have only gained momentum in 2022.

The WMO report was released earlier this week ahead of the next World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, where mobilizing public-private action to deliver on critical 2030 and 2050 climate goals is reportedly a top agenda item. 

While we collectively wait for government leaders to put concern for the environment over political agendas, we each must take action and hold those who don’t accountable. 

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