By Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline
Published: 13:48 GMT, 21 November 2019 | Updated: 13:52 GMT, 21 November 2019
The term climate emergency has been declared the 'word of the year' by Oxford Dictionaries after its usage soared by over 10,000 percent in 2019.
The rise in protests from Extinction Rebellion and speeches from activists such as Greta Thunberg, as well as flooding in areas across the UK, has kept the issue at the top of the agenda.
Oxford claimed it has become 'one of the most prominent and debated terms of 2019', defining the climate emergency as 'a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it'.
Data produced by the group claimed that usage had risen by 10,796 percent, with it claiming that the decision to name it as word of the year focused on the language we use to describe the environment and the condition it is in.
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