A five-metre (16 ft) high sculpture of a polar bear and cub, afloat on a small iceberg, passes in front of the Houses of Parliament in London to alert lawmakers to the dangers of climate change. Photo: Getty Images
A five-metre (16 ft) high sculpture of a polar bear and cub, afloat on a small iceberg, passes in front of the Houses of Parliament in London to alert lawmakers to the dangers of climate change. Photo: Getty Images
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

How climate ‘change’ gave way to ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ – the evolution of language used to describe global warming … er, heating

  • The term ‘climate change’ has been in use since 1854, but in recent years has increasingly given way to ‘climate crisis’ and ‘climate emergency’
  • Indigenous languages contain expressions that speak to non-monetary systems of exchange that value ecology, and to human stewardship of nature

A five-metre (16 ft) high sculpture of a polar bear and cub, afloat on a small iceberg, passes in front of the Houses of Parliament in London to alert lawmakers to the dangers of climate change. Photo: Getty Images
A five-metre (16 ft) high sculpture of a polar bear and cub, afloat on a small iceberg, passes in front of the Houses of Parliament in London to alert lawmakers to the dangers of climate change. Photo: Getty Images
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