02 May 2009

New York Times Article

Seeking to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus

The above is an article on the group ecoAmerica and their efforts to change the way environmentalism and global warming are talked about. It talks about some of the same things i've talked about here, but it also carries with it the idea that using different words to describe the same ideas (saying 'climate change' instead of 'global warming') is misleading and manipulative.

What are your thoughts on this? Would changing the words we use when we talk about global warming do anything meaningful? Would it get around people's preconceptions so we can arrive at an honest discussion?

1 comment:

  1. I've actually heard that 'global warming' is simply an inaccurate term, because cooling is happening in some other areas of the world. But i'm not a meteorologist, nor a big eco-activist, so I don't really know much about it. I do think that whatever people are trying to do to downplay the 'global warming' phenomena is not working.