Word-ban! How to end climate change? Easy. Ban the use of the word!
In his visionary novel, 1984, George Orwell wrote: In the end, we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it.
Out of sheer greed and/or ideological short-sightedness, Trump and his neoliberal buddies are using the same tactic to do away with climate change: ban the use of the expression and those words related to it. Other proscribed words include ‘global warming’ and ‘reduce greenhouse gases’. Imagine what that might mean if the administration got its greedy fingers on Google or Bing and imposed a similar word-ban, making the finding of such words on the Internet all the more difficult if not impossible.
Fortunately for us, the Trump administration does not yet control our vocabulary, so we are free to use the proscribed words and have every interest to do so, to avoid them disappearing, to avoid the world careening over the climate precipice just so a few people can be even richer.
In a similar vein, the scientific findings that underlie climate change research are being doctored, deleted or disparaged. As an antidote to enforced oblivion, scientists world-wide have been saving copies of key documents.
Only a concerted public voice about climate change and the actions necessary to halt global warming can overcome the actions of greedy deniers.
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Bill McKibben, The Guardian | The Trump administration’s solution to climate change: ban the term
Oliver Milman, The Guardian | US federal department is censoring use of term ‘climate change’, emails reveal
Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post | Threatened by climate change, Florida reportedly bans term ‘climate change’
Lisa Song, Zahra Hirji, Inside Climate News | The Scramble to Protect Climate Data Under Trump