An ongoing Distance Plan project, Climate Change & Art: A Lexicon, surveys the language currently surrounding anthropogenic climate change. Through proposing neologisms and promoting less well-known terms, we wish to propel interdisciplinary discussion, and by extension accelerate the pace of action.

Through this lexicon we propose that the science around climate change is developing so rapidly that we need new language to articulate its processes and effects. The lexicon is also based on the recognition that evolving science produces evolving policy, and politics must be commensurate with this. The first set of lexicon terms were collected in the Reading Room journal in 2014. A further set of terms were developed and defined by the credited authors, as well as by The Distance Plan while in residence at The Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 2016 .

Some lexicon terms had existing cultural circulation, while others were coined for this project. We would like to thank Margret Boysen, Dim Coumou, Jonathan F. Donges, Kai Kornhuber, Jascha Lehmann, Anders Levermann, IIona Otto and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber from PIK for their time in discussing these terms, as well as Carolina Caycedo, Daisy Hoyt and Dylan Taylor for their input. The accompanying images were selected by The Distance Plan unless otherwise stated.

Lexicon terms have been developed, suggested and defined by: 

Aslak Aamot Kjærulff
Laura Adler
Amy Balkin
Thomas Bruhn
Katie Bachler
Scott Berzofsky
Jym Clark
Fiona Connor
Ralph Chapman
Harry Chapman
Abby Cunnane
James Dann
T.J. Demos
Elizabeth Ellwood
Bianca Hester
Bernd Hezel
Amy Howden-Chapman
Philippa Howden-Chapman
Michael Leung
Steve Kado
Biddy Livesey
Edward Morris
Gregory O’Brien
Janine Randerson
The Research Center for Proxy Politics
Susannah Sayler
Birgit Schneider
Manuel Schwab
Anna Taylor
Beatrice Turner
Desna Whaanga-Schollum
Dena Yago