I understand the impulse to divert our attention toward seemingly more immediate challenges. But extreme weather continues, natural disasters are intensifying, polar ice is still melting, sea levels are rising, and the human cost remains stubbornly high. The reckoning is felt by those who struggle to breathe as carbon-dioxide levels reach their highest point in 800,000 years and those who cannot afford their utility bills given that 19 of the 20 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. And as with the public-health crisis, police brutality and economic collapse, communities of color will suffer the disproportionate impacts of climate change.