The terms listed below are a means to ensure that we are being scientifically correct when talking about the current climate situation.
- “Climate emergency” or “climate crisis” to be used instead of “climate change”.
Climate change doesn’t accurately reflect the seriousness of the situation. The word change seems to give it a natural feel to it and that the world is just going through cycles, which clearly isn’t the case. Using the words emergency and/or crisis describes it as a broader impact of climate change. Although, use climate breakdown or climate change or global heating when describing it specifically in a scientific or geophysical sense. For example, “Scientists say climate breakdown has led to an increase in the intensity of hurricanes”.
2. “Climate science denier” or “climate denier” to be used instead of “climate skeptic”.
A skeptic is considered someone who is a “seeker of the truth; an inquirer who has not yet arrived at definite conclusions”. However, most skeptics in the face of mounds of scientific evidence, deny the affects climate change is having on our world or is caused by human activity.
3. Use “global heating” rather than “warming”
It happens to be more scientifically accurate to use global heating rather than warming. Greenhouse gases form an atmospheric blanket that stops the sun’s heat escaping back into space.
4. “Greenhouse gas emissions” rather than “carbon emissions” or “carbon dioxide emissions”.
It isn’t entirely inaccurate to say carbon emissions. Indeed, they are playing a huge role in the rise in global temperatures, but if we’re talking about all the gases that heat the atmosphere, this term recognizes all the other gases that are playing a part. Gases include methane, nitrogen oxides, CFCs etc.
5. Use “wildlife”, not “biodiversity“
Wildlife is a much more accessible word. It is fair to use in many articles and stories and is a bit less contentious when talking about all the creatures we share the planet with.
6. Use “fish populations” instead of “fish stocks”
This is somewhat the most important term to use when talking about ecological balance in the ocean. Fish do not solely exist to be harvested by humans – the play an extremely vital role in the health of the 5 seas.
Since the changes to the terms have been announced, they have been reported world-wide, posted and shared across social media and even sparked some other media organisations to reconsider the terms they use in their coverage.
To put it in simpler terms, climate and weather are two completely different things. Weather changes daily but climate changes over years and decades. The climate crisis requires drastic changes that needs to be implemented now. We want to look back in 2030 as the decade we saved the planet.
In order to keep below 1.5C of global heating, we need to halve our CO2 emissions by 2030. Which is looking increasingly unlikely baring in mind our global carbon emissions has increased over the past 2 years. It is also highly probable we will need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere through the likes of large scale restoration of nature. Which is ever so possible if governments of the world came together, instead of spending money on war, strict boarders and oil.
Viner said “People need reminding that the climate crisis is no longer a future problem – we need to tackle it now, and every day matter.”
Credit: Sophie Zeldin-O’Neill – The Guardian