"By the end of the century, the report estimates, the exposure to heat waves each year for older people around the world is expected to be around 3 billion more cases than in 1990. The number of times people of all ages are exposed to drought would increase by more than a billion a year. The rise in exposures to extreme rain would be around 2 billion a year by the end of the century, in part because populations are growing."
By Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, JUNE 22, 2015
There is a problem with this paragraph.
NOBODY can related to billions of anything.
These numbers are certainly correct in predicting the order of magnitude of the crisis if we continue with business-as-usual. But as we communicate about what is necessary, we need personal stories. The farmer in Syria who joined the revolution because of three years of droughts and neglect by the government. Or the head of a family in Somalia who had to become a pirate or watch his family starve.
What are the strongest personal stories you have heard about the impacts of global warming?
Michael Sweringen gets to spend the rest of his life in the reorganization of our planet