Author: Tasneem Chowdhury Fahim

Climate change to “climate crisis”

Source(s): New Age
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A popular American online magazine, Grist that publishes environmental news, once said that ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ — these two words are just too neutral, overused, and pleasant-sounding terms to represent the planet’s crisis. Many environmental activists believe that the word ‘climate change’ lacks the clarity and firmness required to confront the enormity of the climate crisis.


In reality, the phrase ‘climate crisis’ is used to express a higher feeling of urgency and concern about climate change. That is, the climate is not just changing — producing a crisis, with potentially disastrous repercussions if people don’t act quickly.


Some international media define that ‘climate change’ appears to be passive and benign when scientists are discussing a global disaster. Because climate change poses a real existential threat to mankind, more urgent rhetoric has a better chance of stirring people to action.


So, words matter. Aside from actions, a technically small modification can have a tremendous influence on making the planet liveable.


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