The New Environmental Dictionary That Triumphs At The Madrid Summit

Rafael Molina

Madrid, Dec 13 (EFE) – The use of terms such as solastalgia or ecocide has been frequent in the debates at the Madrid Climate Summit, but these words, unknown to most citizens, begin to transcend this conference and become common as the concern about climate change grows among the population.

These are terms and concepts, some old and others of new creation, that appear continuously in the social media and networks – some already accepted by the Royal Academy of Language – but that, without a doubt, will be incorporated into the vocabulary in the short term of all


So any of us may go to the doctor shortly and diagnose "eco-anxiety" after having seen an "ecocide" on television or having discussed with the "denialist" neighbor about the benefits of "recycling", since we believe we are all about "ecoherĂłes".

According to the definitions provided by the Royal Spanish Academy of Language (RAE), the Foundation of Urgent Spanish (Fundéu) and the opinion of some experts related to the phenomenon of climate change consulted, these are just some of the most popular terms and concepts :

COP – Acronym that defines the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that is held this year in Madrid.

Acidification – In ecology, a phenomenon that the oceans suffer by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions and endangering marine life and ecosystems.

Decarbonization and decarbonization – According to the FundĂ©u, these are the appropriate terms to refer to the process of reducing carbon emissions, especially in the form of carbon dioxide.

Deoxygenation – For the SAR, "action and effect of deoxygenating" and, according to environmentalists, it is the phenomenon that the seas and oceans suffer due to the increase in temperature related to climate change.

Eco-anxiety – According to experts in psychology, it affects those who suffer anxiety about environmental disasters.

Ecohero – Although the term is not included in the SAR, it applies to those who believe that it helps with their daily or exceptional initiatives to solve environmental problems.

Ecocide – For the FundĂ©u, it is a valid neologism, formed from the compositional elements eco- and -cidio and can be used to refer to a very serious ecological damage.

Ecofeminism – According to feminist experts and organizations, it is about addressing the consequences of climate change from a gender perspective.

Ecopostureo (also ecoimpostura) – It is used colloquially to define the strategies of some companies to appear respect for the environment.

Ecotasa – Basically it is a tax, already applied in many countries, that penalizes the polluter.

Specism – Refers to the discrimination of some animals against others when considered as inferior species, according to the SAR.

Environmental hyperopia – When we care more about environmental dramas away from our place of residence than those that occur nearby, according to experts in psychology.

Denialism – For environmentalists: deny climate change.

Paladin (English champion) – It is used to name in the framework of the Climate Summit who represents the president of the conference and makes negotiations related to the negotiation.

Recycling – It's about reusing materials to make new products.

Resilience – Applied to the environment, experts refer with it to the ability of an ecological system to recover its properties after being disturbed by a disturbance.

Sabanization – For FundĂ©u, it is a valid neologism to refer to the process of degradation of forest areas, especially rainforests or tropical forests.

Solastalgia – According to experts, it affects those who suffer with anguish the consequences of climate change or environmental disasters.

Sustainable (also sustainable) – The SAR says that it is used especially in ecology and refers to an activity that can be maintained for a long time without depleting resources, something basic to act against climate change.

Taxonomy – According to the SAR, it is applied, in particular, within biology, for the hierarchical and systematic management of animal and plant groups. EFE

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