Is it time to rethink our language on climate change?

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Co-authored with Stathi Paxinos.

Turning up the heat on climate-speak. The surging popularity of more emotive language regarding climate change is indicative of public sentiment, but context must play a part.

Period3 Jan 2020

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  • TitleIs it time to rethink our language on climate change?
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Lens, Monash University
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size1000 words
    Description“Climate emergency” has been declared 2019’s top word. Rising in usage by 10,796 per cent, it headed a shortlist compiled by Oxford Dictionaries of terms that reflected the “ethos, mood, or preoccupations” of the past year. But, hang on, wait … there’s another contender. Collins Dictionary last month declared “climate strike ” to be its word of the year.
    PersonsGitanjali Bedi


  • climate change language
  • climate emergency
  • climate solutions
  • climate strike
  • global warming