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.

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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.

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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.

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

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