Community Organizing

Activism – the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.

Call-to-Action – an exhortation or stimulus to do something in order to achieve an aim or deal with a problem.

Environmental Inequality – lack of equality as it affects the environment.

Grassroots – the most basic level of an activity or organization.

Justice – just behavior or treatment; the administration of the law or authority in maintaining this.

Media Campaign – A series of social media posts, television promotion, newspaper articles, etc., that promote a specific goal/idea.

Mobilize – bring (resources) into use in order to achieve a particular goal.

Organize – coordinate the activities of a person or group of people efficiently.

Partnerships – an association of two or more people as partners.

Petition – A written request to a higher authority, often signed by many people.

Stakeholders – denoting a type of organization or system in which all the members or participants are seen as having an interest in its success.


Change Agent – a person from inside or outside an organization who helps an organization, or part of an organization, to transform how it operates.

Empower/Empowerment – authority or power given to someone to do something.

Gender – a range of identities that do not correspond to established ideas of male and female.

Indigenous – originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native.

Latinx – a person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina).

People of Color – A person who is non-White

Thought Leader – one whose views on a subject are taken to be authoritative and influential.


Blight – A plant disease that is often caused by fungi growth.

Carbon Emissions – the release of carbon into the atmosphere. To talk about carbon emissions is simply to talk of greenhouse gas emissions; the main contributors to climate change.

Climate Change – a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

Composting – The breaking down and decaying of organic substances.

Ecology – The study of relations and interactions between living things and the world around them, including other living things.

Geoscape – The relationship between the geology below the surface of the earth and the landscape above it.

Green Economy – low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Harmful systemsHarmful agents/substances in the environment or industry that can be detrimental to ecology and living things

Microclimate – The climate of a small area that differs from the climate of a surrounding area.

Monoculture – The growing of a single crop in a given area.

Permaculture – Development of agricultural ecosystems that are supposed to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

Resilience – The ability to recover quickly from difficulties.

Sustainable – economic development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources.

Toxins – a poison or venom of plant or animal origin, especially one produced by or derived from microorganisms and causing disease when present at low concentration in the body.

Urban Environments – relating to, or characteristic of a town or city.

Watershed Pollution – Pollution of a watershed can destroy an entire aquatic ecosystem, including its inhabitants.