Is this really a problem of rhetoric ?
Mankind as a whole – and particularly its leaders – is slow on acting against climate change, an issue that could be its doom if nothing was done fast and big to avoid the worst crises.
Recently several articles – including on Grist and Dot Earth – have been published wondering if this fact was due to bad rhetoric (or PR, but this term is to me more business related)
I believe there indeed is a problem. Solutions exist and would bring many improvements over our current energy sources and lifestyle. So why aren’t we applying them already ?
Additionally, why should we keep on arguing on climate change, as there are still some folks here and there that don’t believe in climate change ?
Couldn’t we, or even shouldn’t we, stop talking about it and press on the numerous advantages brought by alternative energy solutions and changing our lifestyles ?
As Andrew Revkin noted on Dot Earth:
As debates over national and global climate and energy policy continue to drag out, there’s been an intensifying exploration of climate miscommunication among those seeking concrete actions that will make a noticeable difference in the atmosphere someday.
If the science pointing to a rising risk of dangerous human interference with climate is settled, the thinking goes, then why aren’t people and the world’s nations galvanized? Maybe it’s a language problem? This reflects an ongoing exploration here.
Some even advocated we should stop using the terms climate change or global warming and suggested a term that to me sounded absolutely preposterous and even obnoxious: “our deteriorating atmosphere “.
To me, this euphemism is far too vague. Climate change on the other hand is spot on. Our climate is currently changing, because of the billion tons of pollutants we emit each year.
Similarly, would a Doctor announce to his or her patient that instead of telling him the blunt truth of a cancer in its terminal phase, would he or she says that the patient has ” a deteriorating health ” ? I don’t think so.
What do you think ?