THE COST OF DOING NOTHING

10000

Daily air pollution deaths

94%

Proportion of US cities with microplastics in drinking water

50%

Increase in heatwaves since 1980

1,000,000,000

New climate migrants by 2050

40000

Annual gun deaths in US

1,021

Fatal police shootings in 2020

2.5X

Increased likelihood of being shot by police if black vs white

2,300,000

People incarcerated in US

0

Number of countries that incarcerate more people per capita than the US

92,091

Number of homeless people in NYS (2019)

13%

Percent of people living below the poverty line in NYS

2.6X

Increased likelihood of being in poverty if black vs. white

$7.25

National minimum wage

$617

Public college cost of tuition in 1976

$10,440

Public college cost of tuition in 2020

$37,000

Average federal student loan debt

8,600,000

Number of student loan borrowers in default

11

Number of Members of Congress under 35 years old.

100

Number of Members of Congress over 70 years old

$359,000,000

Annual lobbying spending by the fossil fuel industry in the US

$82,000

Median wealth of a person living in North America.

$1,000

Median wealth of a person living in Africa.

$11,000,000

Average net worth of top 1% in the US

86%

Percentage of US adults who said they trust their fellow citizens as a whole in 1976

55%

Percentage of US adults who said they trust the fellow citizens in 2021

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