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’Edgy’ climate language plea

The language of climate change should use a more edgy vocabulary to better engage urgently the wider public.

Bland language can all too easily be subverted by deniers. During the March heatwave one male voice was recorded saying: ‘If this is climate change, bring it on!’

I was in my early 20s when the scene was set by European Conservation Year (1970) and the 1972 Stockholm UN Conference on the Human Environment.

I represented Scotland at an International Youth Conference in Canada in 1971. There were also some UK delegates, confusing my Bulgarian roommate. I sat on my first UK Government Working Party (all members under 25).

Eff ective and timely global response to climate change imperatives is a very great challenge today.

I feel there is some cause for hope.

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