Terra Environment Dictionary

Terra Environment Dictionary is a resource of words, terms and phrases related to environmentalism, as defined by society.

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activism

noun
(Organised) efforts to promote or impede environmental, political or other reforms, often through demonstrations like rallies and protests.
related: activist

agriculture

noun
1. The science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land for growing crops (animal feed and vegetables) and livestock (meat) for food. related: farming
2. The cause of 13 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (not including its land-use change and supply chain) and 80 percent of tropical deforestation, taking up 37 percent of land on Earth.

agribusiness

noun
The business of agriculture, with the primary objective of maximising profit, rather than feeding people.

animal

noun
1. Any multi-cellular organism of the kingdom Animalia, including humans.
2. Any such living thing, excluding humans.

noun/adjective
3. Pertaining to the physical, sensual, or carnal nature, rather than the spiritual or intellectual nature; inhumane:
The human workers’ treatment of animals in industrial farms are ironically, more often than not, animal.
related: animalistic

animal rights

noun
The (loose) idea that all (or just some) non-human animals are entitled to the ownership over their own existence, basic needs and interests — such as to avoid suffering — to be given the same consideration as those enjoyed by humans (or companion animals, at least). Not to be confused with: 

animal welfare

noun
The (again, loose) idea that all (or again, just some) non-human animals should be given adequate (whatever that means) consideration with regard to its welfare, or rather, just a reduction of its suffering; in other words, the opportunity to live and grow naturally, and to die painlessly (as much as possible, as determined by humans).

Anthropocene

noun
The proposed geological epoch of the Quaternary Period, dating from the commencement of significant human impact of Earth‘s geology, climate and ecosystems.

aquaculture

noun
see: fish farm

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