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Climate Change Terms and Definitions

Spruce up your climate change vocabulary and your website with our evergrowing list of eco-terms and conditions. Did you know know customers will have an easier time finding your green products and services online when you use the right keywords on your website. If you're an eco-friendly business in Toronto, consider using the some of the climate change terms and definitions below to improve your search engine rankings.


The ability to meet your own needs while maintaining ecological balance. 


Creating something new from an old product. It is usually perceived as having higher quality and more value. 

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To use something more than once, particularly items meant for single use such as a jar of spaghetti sauce. When the jar is empty it can easily be used to store in place of Tupperware dishes for food storage.


Biodegradable means that the material naturally breaks down into smaller components, such as sugars and gases.

Green House Gas

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) like excess carbon dioxide   trap heat in the earth's atmosphere and make the Earth's surface warmer. 


Environmental ethics helps define man's moral and ethical obligations toward the environment.

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Renewable resources like solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and biomass energy is one that can be used repeatedly because it is naturally replaced.  .


Compostable goods are specifically organic matter which breaks down, the end product having many beneficial uses which include fertilizing and improving soil health.

Net Zero

A target of completely negating the amount of GHGs produced by human activity, by reducing emissions and absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


An item that has been converted from waste into reusable material.

Climate Change

A long-term change in average weather patterns and its broad effects on local, regional and global climates. 

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To change (something) so that it can be used for a different purpose

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Climate Action

An urgent call for action to combat climate change. The term is also one of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

Fair Trade

A trading partnership that seeks greater equity in international trade and  contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of marginalized workers.

Eco Anxiety

chronic or severe anxiety related to humans’ relationship with the environment.

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Circular Economy

In a circular economy, all forms of waste, such as clothing and technology, are returned to the economy or used more efficiently.