The words we use and the images they evoke shape public comprehension of Catastrophic Climate Destabilization's immanence. Here are a few terms from the past few days. It's a tiny beginning.
'catastrophic climate destabilization'
cataclysmic climate change
climate change ''departure'' - that's when temperatures move permanently outside the limits of historic precedents, ...
sea level rise ‘Locking In’
This is very good information Ruth - I am trying to learn more about this
Gore ...., referring to investment in fossil fuels as a "carbon bubble."
Thanks, Steph. I wish everyone was as interested in the language of this issue. Most people don't even realize that the phrases they use to think about a problem molds their understanding of it.
subprime carbon assets
“Now we have, on the books of the large, public multinational energy companies, $7 trillion of subprime carbon assets,” he said. “Their valuation is based on an assumption that is even more ridiculous and absurd than the assumption that these people that couldn’t make a downpayment or monthly payments were good risks for home mortgages. The assumption is that those $7 trillion can be sold and burned.”
I think people will "get" this framing, because we've all lived through the subprime mortgage bubble's crash.
Climate Change Preparedness
President Obama issued an executive order titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.”
Promoting “preparedness” is doubtless a good idea. As the executive order notes, climate impacts—which include, but are not limited to, heat waves, heavier downpours, and an increase in the number and intensity of wildfires—are “already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation.” However, one of the dangers of this enterprise is that it tends to presuppose, in a Boy Scout-ish sort of way, that “preparedness” is possible.
As we merrily roll along, radically altering the planet, we are, as the leaked I.P.C.C. report makes clear, increasingly in danger of committing ourselves to outcomes that will simply overwhelm societies’ ability to adapt. Certainly they will overwhelm the abilities of frogs and trees and birds to adapt. Thus, any genuine “preparedness” strategy must include averting those eventualities for which preparation is impossible. [emphasis mine]
Saying, "Let's be prepared for climate change." invokes the mindset of "normal" change, for which we can prepare, not the planet turning into an uninhabitable Eaarth. This phrase is a covert form of climate change denial.
Andrea Büring: "… beyond a certain global warming tipping point, we will be sucked into an unstoppable vortex of more monstrous heatwaves, droughts, storms and rising seas." [emphasis mine]
“few governments are as yet prepared to launch the sorts of efforts that might even begin to effectively address the peril of climate change, they will increasingly be seen as obstacles to essential action and so as entities that need to be removed. In short, climate rebellion.” [emphasis mine]
sad news that climate change is not taken seriously and people who believe there needs to be change are considered "radicals"