Glossary

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.

Climate Justice

A term for viewing climate change as an ethical issue and considering how its causes and effects relate to concepts of social justice, including income, race and gender.

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.

Ecosystem

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.

Family

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

Government

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

Income Inequality

When wealth or income is distributed unequally among individuals in a group, among groups in a population, or among countries.

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.

Poverty

The general scarcity or the state of one who lacks the necessities of life such as food and shelter.

Poverty Rate

The ratio of the number of people who fall below the poverty line to the total population; the poverty line is minimum income needed to secure the necessities of life.

Social Impacts

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

Sustainability

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