Learn lots of useful and important terms about climate change and the environment in today’s mini-lesson. If you can talk about it, then you can spread awareness and do your bit. If you didn’t see last week’s post about recycling, click the hashtag #SkritterChineseTips. 💚🌍
As the world becomes increasingly concerned about the Australian Bushfires (yes, they’re still burning now), #TeamSkritter thought there’s no better time to introduce words to discuss Climate Change, so we can save 🐨and the 🌏.
- climate change: 气候变化 qìhòu biànhuà
The United Nations’ 🇺🇳 report in 2019 showed that we have less than 10 years to stop and possibly reverse Climate Change, so the term #ClimateCrisis has been coined to show that a sense of urgency is needed.
- climate crisis: 气候危机 qìhòu wēijī
Over 97% of scientists agree that the warming of
our planet 🌏 is the result of human activities. Human activities emit greenhouse gases, including CO2 and methane, (CH4).
- CO2 (carbon dioxide): 二氧化碳 èryǎng huàtàn
- carbon emissions: 碳排放 tàn páifàng
The term “global warming” is used to explain the average increase in global temperature, which leads to increased instances of extreme weather events such as floods, fires, and storms.
- global warming 全球暖化 quánqiú nuǎnhuà
- wildfire / forest fire 森林大火 sēnlín dàhuǒ
A significant amount of human-made carbon emissions comes from the burning of fossil fuels, primarily coal and oil.
- fossil fuels: 化石燃料 huàshí ránliào
- coal: 煤 méi coal
- petroleum: 石油 shíyóu, Literally “rock-oil”
What’s the alternative? Well, how about renewable energy?
- renewable energy: 再生能源 zàishēng néngyuán
- green energy: 绿能 lǜ néng
- solar energy 太阳能 tàiyáng néng
- wind energy 风能 fēng néng
Lastly, there’s nuclear energy 核能 hénéng. Many countries now use 核能 to transition from fossil fuel to renewables.
- nuclear energy 核能 hénéng (核 comes from 核心 héxīn, the nucleus of an atom).