"Climate" is a word with several definitions. From Answer.com, here's the dictionary definition:
- The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region.
- A region of the earth having particular meteorological conditions: lives in a cold climate.
- A prevailing condition or set of attitudes in human affairs: a climate of unrest.
For additional clarity (at risk of exceeding "fair use" restrictions), here's the thesaurus listing:
- The totality of surrounding conditions and circumstances affecting growth or development: ambiance, atmosphere, environment, medium, milieu, mise en scène, surroundings, world.
- A prevailing quality, as of thought, behavior, or attitude: mood, spirit, temper, tone.
So, to truly address "climate change" in today's world, should we not address both functional definitions -- namely, not just the meteorological but also the social/political?