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It’s Getting Hot in Here

“Everything must go! 50% off all animals, insects, reptiles and amphibians … reduced to sell before planet Earth is dead and when it’s dead, it’s dead.”
Sadly, climate change is not a funny topic. Typically, the message we hear from serious scientists describes how rising greenhouse gasses are harming our planet or deciding what role it played in a recent typhoon or hurricane.

Using English Vocabulary to Discuss Climate Change

Are you worried about climate change? Discussing the issue has become increasingly important, and we thought you should know how to talk about what is changing when it comes to talking about climate change.

Let’s begin by reviewing some basic vocabulary and common ways to talk about climate change using English.

Basic Nouns

  • Sun
  • Rain
  • Wind
  • Hot
  • Cloud
  • Storm
  • Snow
  • Rain
  • Drizzle
  • Rainbow

To form the adjectives simply add ‘y’ at the end of the noun.

Rain – Rainy
Storm – Stormy

To develop sentences about different weather conditions with English, you can use the following structures:

It’s (It is) + adjective

It’s very windy today. I don’t think I’ll be playing badmington.

It’s (It is) + verb ending in -ing

It’s snowing! Let’s go outside and build a snowman.

What do you Know about Climate Change?

It is always a good idea when talking about a topic, such as climate change, by asking the person you’re speaking with what they know about climate change.

Some conversation starters include:

Do you know what causes climate change?
What do you know about greenhouse gas emissions?

You could ask the person’s opinion on the subject by asking deeper questions:

What is your standpoint on the climate change issue?
Do you think it’s possible to stop climate change?

Climate Change Causes

Once engaged in a conversation about climate change, you’ll undoubtedly go deeper into the topic and knowing some English climate change terminology for the causes will be helpful.

Emissions (gases released into the air by vehicles and factories)
Carbon dioxide

There are both natural and human sources of carbon dioxide emissions.

Global Warming
Climate Change

Global warming is an increase in the Earth’s temperature from man-made greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, climate change refers to the long-term changes in the Earth’s climate and signifies more than just the Earth’s temperature.

Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are forms of non-renewable energy, formed over millions of years from buried remains of living organisms.

By using the above structures, you’ll be able to talk about the climate change crisis and you’ll be able to ask others their opinions also.

English Phrases about Climate Change

Phrases such as, “global warming” and “climate change” sound rather passive and don’t resonate anymore, they’ve lost their impact.

Just like the English weather, climate change vocabulary is constantly changing in order to describe new problems and to impact huge numbers of people while motivating them to take action on the issue.

Climate Change’ becomes ‘Climate Crisis

The term ‘climate change‘ is not serious enough, ‘change’ is not strong enough to describe the urgent predicament we are in – a climate ‘crisis’ is far more appropriate.

Global Warming’ becomes ‘Global Heating

Yet again, ‘global warming’ is such an overused phrase that we don’t take it seriously anymore. ‘Heating’, could therefore be a stronger alternative as it makes readers focus on the heating process of the Earth, rather than simply relying on common terms.

By learning some of the above basic terms and phrases to help you better talk about climate change, will be favoured to wake listeners up to the crisis and, hopefully, incite us all to take action and start living more sustainably.

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