Religion and Planet Earth Key Terms

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Awe
A feeling of respect; insight into meaning greater than oneself.
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Wonder
Marvelling at the complexity of the universe.
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Responsibility
Duty; the idea that we are in charge of our own actions.
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Stewardship
The idea that believers have a duty to look after the environment on behalf of God, and preserve it for future generations.
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Carbon Emissions
Release of greenhouse gases, such as carbon monoxide from vechiles, into the atmosphere. The emission of carbon and greenhouse gases contributes to global warming.
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Greenhouse Effect
The trapping of heat from the sun in the lower atmosphere due to an increase in carbon dioxide, methane and other pollutants.
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Recycling
Reusing old products to make new ones. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.E
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Pollution
The contamination of something, especially the environment.
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Acid Rain
Rain made acid by contamination through pollution in the atmosphere, as a result of emissions from factories, vechiles, power stations, etc.
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Oil Spills
Leaking of oil into the environment, usually the sea.
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Toxic Chemicals
Poisonous chemicals.
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Pesticides
Substances (poison) used to destroy insects and pests that attack crops.
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Natural Habitats
The places where species of plants or animals live in the wild.
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Deforestation
The cutting down of large amounts of forests, usually because of business needs.
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Climate Change
The idea that our climate is getting warmer (global warming).
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Droughts
Long periods of abnormally low rainfall.
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Famine
Starvation owing to drastic, far reahing food shortage.
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Conservation
Looking after the environment and protecting animals.
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Earth Summits
Informal name for United Nations Conferences on Environment and Development. An example is the Kyoto Protocol, held in Japan in 1997.
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Sustainable Development
Development which takes into consideration the impact on the natural world for future generations.
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Marvelling at the complexity of the universe.

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Wonder

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Duty; the idea that we are in charge of our own actions.

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The idea that believers have a duty to look after the environment on behalf of God, and preserve it for future generations.

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Release of greenhouse gases, such as carbon monoxide from vechiles, into the atmosphere. The emission of carbon and greenhouse gases contributes to global warming.

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