…is a weasel word. The name doesn’t tell us whether the climate is changing for better or for worse. Climate change was given to us by science deniers, who knew for decades that the fossil fuel industry was killing the planet, yet they chose to keep making money at humanity’s expense.
According to Skeptical Science, the science community actually gave the term to deniers:
The term ‘climate change’ has been used frequently in the scientific literature for many decades, and the usage of both terms has increased over the past 40 years. Moreover, since the planet continues to warm, there is no reason to change the terminology. Perhaps the only individual to advocate the change was Frank Luntz, a Republican political strategist and global warming skeptic, who used focus group results to determine that the term ‘climate change’ is less frightening to the general public than ‘global warming’.