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.

Big box retail

A physically large retail establishment, usually part of a chain.

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.


An organization, also known as a business, involved in the trade of goods and/or services to consumers

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.

Fair Trade

An organized system of trade whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and maintain higher social and environmental standards


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

Free Trade

International trade unrestricted by tariffs, quotas, or other government regulations


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 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.