Updated: Jun 14, 2019
The Guardian has introduced a new range of hard hitting words designed to explain the horror (insert eye roll) that is Climate Change.
Instead of “climate change” the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming”.
According to Katherine Viner, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,”
“The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.”
So in short, it's not the Climate that is changing, its the vocabulary used to describe this supposed change that is permanently evolving, usually become more emotionally charged as time goes on.
Throughout the Nineties, Global Warming was the more frequently used term. In the last two years things have changed dramatically. The term "Climate Change' overtook 'Global Warming' and is now used four times more frequently.
As always, the words we use are important. The climate change debate can get quite heated, with the sceptics, for example, portraying their opponents as Luddites or tree huggers. On the other side, those who accept the consensus of scientific opinion use derisive language to talk about those who don’t, often referring to them as ‘deniers’. This is a highly emotive word: though occasionally found in other contexts, it was until recently almost always used in the context of The Holocaust. So if you describe someone as a ‘climate change denier’, you’re not simply saying that they have misunderstood the science – you are taking the supposed moral high ground and implying they are no better than someone who denies the existence of the Holocaust.
On one side of the debate, the glossary for Climate Change is simply known as 'keywords'. On the other side, these same words are known as 'buzzwords'. Buzzwords, are a word or phrase, often jargon, that is fashionable at a particular time or in a particular context. The good news, for Climate Change deniers is that buzzwords eventually go out of style.
But from now until these new buzzwords go out of style and/or until the end of time - next week, by the sounds of things - we are going to adopt Tim Blair's (Daily Telegraph) reference to our weather warming as The Global Fascist Climate Crisis Horror Show. That should be emotive enough to scare the b'jeepers out of even the most ardent Climate Change Denier!
Check out the The Global Fascist Climate Crisis Horror Show policy of Love Australia Or Leave here: https://www.loveaustraliaorleave.com.au/environmental-policies