It’s a crisis, not just a change of the weather. Language matters. People are more inclined to take something serious when it is described as a crisis.
And Climate Crisis is a more accurate depiction of what we face. Just think of the recent catastrophes taking place due to human impact, particularly fossil fuels, on the planet. And these catastrophes will only increase… particularly if we do nothing.
Climate scientists and many news outlets are changing their phrasing to climate crisis for this reason.
The Guardian changed their phrasing several years ago. Here’s why they made the switch:
“We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. “The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.”
Quote source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/17/why-the-guardian-is-changing-the-language-it-uses-about-the-environment