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.

Democracy

A form of government in which power is vested in the people and  exercised directly by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

Civil Society

Nongovernmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens.

Citizenship

The character of an individual viewed as a member of society; behavior in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen.

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.

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)

Social Movement

A sustained campaign in support of a social goal typically either the implantation or prevention of a change in society’s structures or values

Sustainability

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