Confused by all the jargon surrounding the current climate crisis? Here are some definitions you definitely won’t forget.
by SHREYA ADHIKARI, TANAYA JAGTIANI
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.
5. 3 R’s: Reverence, remorse, regret
The everyday emotions of somebody working in climate justice.
All your brain cells dying a slow death while listening to rich businessmen talk about carbon tax.
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.
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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