Ecological Linguistics

Think Sustainability

Episode 157

What is ecological linguistics? How does the English language shape our perceptions of the environment? In this episode we discuss the different terms used to describe climate change and then highlight some more subtle ways language can shape our perceptions of the world around us.



  • Lee Joachim, Yorta Yorta man, Board Member of Living Languages Australia.
  • Professor Arran Stibbe, Professor of Ecological Linguistics, University of Gloucestershire
  • Dr Helen Bromhead, Linguist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Griffith Research Centre for Social and Cultural Research and Project Lead at the Griffith Climate Action Beacon, Griffith University
  • Dr Jeremy Walker, Co-director of the Climate Justice Research Centre, and Senior Lecturer in Social and Political Sciences Program, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Technology Sydney


Producer/Presenter: Marlene Even

Music: Epidemic Sound

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