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.

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.

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.


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.

Social Impacts

The effect of an activity or event on the social well being of the people in a community, such as wealth, health, education, employment, and community values.


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

Water Privatization

When the private sector (businesses/corporations) take control over the management and distribution of water. Water sources and/or water utilities can be privatized. Public water has traditionally been managed by local governments through a democratic process.

Water Usage

The amount of water used by an individual, household, family, group, or community; the amount of water needed for production or industrial activities

Water Scarcity

A simple definition is a communities lack of enough clean water or the inability to access safe clean water