Wed, Oct 14, 2009: Saying It Like It Is: Eliminating Obfuscating Language Concerning Climate Change

General Meeting of Science for Peace

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at 7:00 pm
Where: OISE, room 12-274, 252 Bloor St. W., Toronto

This brainstorming session will explore how contemporary language obfuscates the gravity and immediacy of the climate crisis. Lynn McDonald will provide a brief introduction in which she looks at instances in which changes in language were achieved (e.g. with respect to women) and will then identify some of the problems in the way in which we talk about climate change today (e.g. calling a province an “oil-producing” instead of an “oil-extracting” or “oil-depleting” province). Together, we will identify other objectionable terms – objectionable because they misrepresent reality – and try to come up with more accurate alternatives. The work from this session will provide the basis for a position paper, which will hopefully lead to an action strategy to foster more accurate language.