Words have power. Words can be fairly or unfairly used to frame a discussion to limit and control how the members of that discussion can think about the issues being presented, without ever knowing that their options to understand or solve that issue have been invisibly limited or controlled by an outside and invisible player. Unfortunately, this is exactly what has happened in today's global warming discussions.
The fossil fuel industry and its lobbyists have successfully reframed our global warming extinction emergency and greatly hindered the necessary discussions we should be having together because of it. They have done this by getting the worldwide media and even many unwitting environmental groups to continue to use the innocuous, vague and falsely pacifying words "climate change" when we should be discussing the very real, dangerous and upsetting global warming extinction emergency.
Propaganda redefines or confuses the common meaning of words or concepts to control the ability to think or hold specific thoughts within its targets. The fossil fuel industry has very successfully redefined and confused the issue of a real global warming extinction emergency into a nebulous, generally benign concept of the climate and weather always changing just as it is always done your whole life.
It's time to do something about this theft of our ability to think about a real global warming extinction emergency and an imminent threat to our existence.
I hereby pledge to stop using the term “climate change.” Instead, I will use, the global warming extinction emergency, the global warming emergency, escalating global warming, out of control global warming or catastrophic climate destabilization to describe the current escalating increase in the Earth’s average global temperature and the ongoing and escalating destruction caused by global warming primarily due to our burning of fossil fuels.
I make this pledge because:
“Climate change” is a misleading term employed by the fossil fuel industry and its advocates to lull the media and the public into a false sense of security. This propaganda is intended to make the global warming extinction emergency seem more benign and non-threatening. It suggests the Earth’s climate is always in a natural state of climatic change, rather than global warming’s direct causation being from human-caused carbon and methane pollution now threatening the survival of humanity within our lifetimes.
Rising global temperatures are the most serious currently active challenge facing humanity, comparable in scope of impact to global nuclear war, if such were to occur.
- The idea of “natural” climate change diminishes the real seriousness of the escalating global warming extinction emergency and does not directly implicate our increasing use of fossil fuels, and the resultant carbon and methane pollution, as the primary cause.
I pledge that I will contest fossil fuels corporations and climate deniers misframing and falsely defining the real dangers of global warming by calling it climate change! We are facing an imminent global warming extinction threat and emergency that is already causing devastating losses due to drought, sea level rise, air pollution, and increasingly severe weather.
I choose to stop using the term “climate change.” By my action, I now bring more urgency and clarity to climate discussions by speaking the scientifically proven truth that our Earth is truly now experiencing a global warming extinction emergency caused by human actions.
Also, sign the declare a global warming extinction emergency petition for our government leaders by clicking here.