Below are some key terms you will need to understand as you explore the inquiry of this Action Pack. They will appear in bold italic in your Action Pack. The simple definitions below are provided for ease of reference.

Climate Change

The long term changes and abnormal occurrences in weather patterns; in this case due to human activity.


Taking steps to use a minimal amount of natural resources so that they can regenerate and be available for future generations.

Economic Impacts

Any change to the wealth and resources of a country or region, community or person. Often referred to in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services.


A community of plants, animals and other organisms and all the interacting parts of their environment (air, water, soil, etc) that live, feed, reproduce and work together as a system.

Energy Efficiency

Reducing the amount of energy used or needed to complete a task

Environmental Impacts

Any change to the living and non-living natural surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal or plant lives and interacts together. These impacts can be negative or beneficial, and can be created by an industry, project or Individual.


For the purposes of this Action Pack, family will be considered the group of people that you are living with.

Fossil Fuels

A natural fuel such as oil or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms.


A system or organization that exercises authority and performs functions for the people of a designated country, province or local community.

Natural Resources

Materials provided by the Earth, such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that can be used for life to continue and by humans for economic gain.

Non-renewable Energy

A type of energy that is finite; it will eventually run out

Renewable Energy Sources

Energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale

Social Impacts

The effect of an activity on the social well being of the people in a community (such as wealth, health, education, employment).


Meeting the environmental, social, and economic needs of the present without affecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs