Banning the term climate change won’t stop the reality

The first steps to solving any problem are recognising it, addressing it and talking about it. By shutting your eyes and ears and pretending there isn’t a problem, you can make it a whole lot bigger.

The first steps to solving any problem are recognising it, addressing it and talking about it. By shutting your eyes and ears and pretending there isn’t a problem, you can make it a whole lot bigger.

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that the Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection have been banned from using the term ‘climate change’ since Governor Rick Scott was elected.

Terms like ‘sea-level rise’ and ‘global warming’ have also reportedly been prohibited by the authorities, with the ban spreading to other state agencies.

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As Jeb Lund wrote deftly in The Guardian: “These are just the foot-stamping insistent lies of intellectual toddlers on the grift. It is ‘nuh-uh’ as public policy.”

It was more encouraging to hear Secretary of State John Kerry’s response: "We literally do not have the time to waste debating whether we can say 'climate change.' We have to solve climate change."

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I spent time in Florida this week attending the Miami ePrix. It was refreshing to see such a positive event being embraced in the state, with electric cars stimulating clean energy innovation. Miami is one of the many cities in the world facing up to a future that will be massively shaped by climate change.

The authorities in Miami were criticised in some quarters for agreeing to hold the race, especially as it meant closing roads on a busy weekend. However, as well as seeing the potential for a great event, they saw the long-term opportunity to contribute to a lasting positive change.

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By exploring the possibilities of clean energy, and recognising the threat of climate change, we can begin to tackle the problem. We need to all work together on developing ideas to find solutions. Anyone who is ignoring climate change is burying their heads in the sand.

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