Oxford Dictionaries declares 'climate emergency' the word of 2019
Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says.
Defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it”, Oxford said the words soared from “relative obscurity” to “one of the most prominent – and prominently debated – terms of 2019.”
Hundreds of cities, towns and even countries have also declared “climate emergencies” during 2019 – from Scotland in April, the UK parliament in May, Canada, France and the city of Sydney in Australia.
Previous choices for word of the year include “toxic” in 2018 and “youthquake” in 2017.
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