Opinion: Let’s not use such tame words to describe a climate crisis

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JOHN METRO / STAR-LEDGER – For the past two decades, “climate change” and “global warming” have been the fundamental terms used to discuss the expedited trajectory toward an ecological catastrophe. More so than ever, in the past five years, there is an overwhelming scientific consensus that we are in the midst of a climate emergency — a global climate crisis.

To more accurately depict the climate crisis and to help spread the urgency of this matter, elected officials at all levels of government and media coverage need to redefine the way they discuss this crucial issue. They must mature beyond the political divide and angled story pitches to communicate the serious consequences of environmental inaction. Using weak terminology in public discourse and public policy emanates a less-threatening accord and should be viewed as a central flaw …

John Metro is founder of Sustainable Bayonne.

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