“You can’t just sit around waiting for hope to come,” Greta Thunberg told European leaders in 2019. “Then you are acting like spoiled, irresponsible children. You don’t seem to understand that hope is something that you have to earn.”
You expect to see the phrase natural disaster all over the news when hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic explosions, floods, or fires cause a lot of deaths and property damage. This fire season, however, politicians and other people are beginning to ditch natural disaster for phrases that are more specific — and more accurate.
The pandemic gripping the planet has been compared to a “black swan” event, a danger so rare that it catches people unawares. But given that plenty of experts predicted a pandemic was bound to happen eventually, such a disaster is better described as a “gray rhino” — a highly likely and obvious danger that gets ignored.