One Health Thing: Let’s Worry More About Climate Change

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the scariest dragon of them all? If we’re assessing scary monsters, air pollution that’s being caused by our addiction to fossil fuels is claiming far more lives each year that the coronavirus.

Yesterday we suggested that we should all take the climate threat a little more seriously and channel our hand sanitizer-buying-panic into action on the climate crisis.

(Now we’ll pause to let you go wash your hands with hot soapy water for 20 seconds….)

Cartoon by ODP Cartoonist, Alex Bowman (go give her a follow on Twitter and Instagram)

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