April 25, 2022

A new climate change dictionary

Confused by all the jargon surrounding the current climate crisis? Here are some definitions you definitely won’t forget.

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1. Climate fry-sis

The combination of anger and exhaustion that hits when you read one more article about how switching to metal straws will save the environment.

2. Soul-ar panel

Two days of panel discussions led by a spiritual climate guru who is convinced that the solution to climate change is aligning the planet’s chakras.

3. Car-funk emissions

The guilt you feel when you drive/uber to work instead of taking public transport.

4. Paa-ris Agreement

The unspoken agreement you have with your father: you don’t bring up how the planet may not be livable, and he doesn’t ask about future plans/marriage/having grandchildren.

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5. 3 R’s: Reverence, remorse, regret

The everyday emotions of somebody working in climate justice.

6. Bio-die-versity

All your brain cells dying a slow death while listening to rich businessmen talk about carbon tax.

7. Sustainabili-tea

That one donor who always invites you to their office and offers you ethically grown tea but doesn’t apply a climate or justice lens to their funding.

8. Re-no-able energy

The enthusiasm with which the HR says no to you every time you bring up attending an international conference on climate change.

9. Pollu-shun

When your climate conscious friends shun you for buying a plastic water bottle because you forgot your ethically sourced copper water bottle at home.

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Shreya Adhikari

Shreya is an editorial associate at IDR, where she manages podcasts, in addition to writing, editing, sourcing, and publishing content. She has more than seven years of experience as a media and communications professional, and has been involved in the curation and production of various art and culture festivals in India and internationally, including the Jaipur Literature Festival—where she was a core team member.

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Tanaya Jagtiani

Tanaya is a writer and content manager at Noora Health. She was previously an editorial associate at IDR, where she managed Failure Files, in addition to writing, editing, curating, and publishing content. Tanaya holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BA in Sociology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.