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Climate Change: A Plain Language Guide

By Reid Caplan

July 1, 2022

Table of Contents:

Words to Know

Climate change is a big problem that affects everyone. This guide will tell you more about what climate change means. It will also explain why climate change is happening.

Capitalism – The idea that the goal of society should be to make as much money as possible. People who believe in capitalism think the Earth should get used to make money.

Climate – The measure of things like the weather and temperature over time in an area of the world.

Climate change – When the weather and temperature all over the world changes. This makes the
environment harder for everyone to live in.

Global warming – When the average temperature on Earth gets hotter. This causes a lot of problems.

Natural disasters – Dangerous events that happen in nature. They are things like floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires.

Pollution – When the environment gets poisoned by something. For example, smoke from factories pollutes the air. It makes it dangerous to breathe.

Reid Caplan, “Climate Change: A Plain Language Guide.” Plain Language Version. Disability and Climate Change: A Public Archive Project.  July 1, 2022.

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