Adaptation: Addresses climate change through addressing the impacts of it. Learn more about Waterloo Region’s climate adaptation plans here.
Backcasting: A planning method which begins with imagining an outcome in the future, and moving backwards from the vision to the present day to understand what steps are needed to reach that outcome.
Carbon Footprint: The amount of greenhouse gases emitted by something (such as a person’s activities or a product’s manufacture and transport) during a specified period of time.
Greenhouse Gases: Sometimes written as ‘GHGs’, greenhouse gases are gases (such as carbon dioxide and methane) that trap heat from the sun inside of Earth’s atmosphere. As more greenhouse gases are released into our atmosphere (largely through the burning of fossil fuels), more heat is trapped by them. This raises the temperature of the air, ocean, and water, changing our living conditions and increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events both globally and locally
Mitigation: Mitigation addresses climate change by addressing the causes of it, working to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at the source of their production. ClimateActionWR’s actions and action owners work towards climate change mitigation locally. Mitigation is often contrasted with adaptation.
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