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glossary

Biodiversity:

The variety of life on Earth, including both plant and animal species. Sometimes, biodiversity can also be confined to the diversity of life within a specific habitat, for example, the number of species that live in a tropical rainforest (National Wildlife Federation, 2016).

 

Carbon dioxide:

A naturally-occurring gas in Earth’s atmosphere. It is the main greenhouse gas that is released by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels and biomass, industrial processes, and land-use change (IPCC, 2014).

 

Climate change:

A significant change in climate persisting over an extended period of time, most typically for a number of decades or more (IPCC, 2014).

Ecosystem: A natural system that consists of all living organisms (plants, animals, and microorganisms) in a specific area, functioning together with the non-living physical factors within the environment (WICE, n.d.).

According to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (2014, p. 1), climate change is a result of the following conditions:

Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems. […] Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the pre-industrial era, driven largely by economic and population growth, and are now higher than ever. This has led to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide that are unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years. Their effects, together with those of other anthropogenic drivers, have been detected throughout the climate system and are extremely likely to have been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. (CISL, 2021)

 

Natural capital:

An economic metaphor that refers to the finite stocks of physical and biological resources found on Earth, and the limited capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services, in other words, the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being (de Groot, Fisher, & Christie, 2010). 

Global warming:

The gradual increase in Earth’s average atmospheric and ocean temperatures (LiveScience, 2016).

Greenhouse gases: Atmospheric gases, of human or natural origin, that absorb and emit heat in the form of thermal infrared radiation. This results in heat being trapped in the climate system. The main greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, and water vapour (IPCC, 2014).

Habitat:

An ecological area that a particular living organism inhabits; in other words, the natural environment in which the organism lives (Environment and Ecology, 2016).

Ocean acidification:

An increase in the acidity of sea water as a result of carbon dioxide uptake from the atmosphere. The carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from human activities dissolves into oceans, thereby lowering the ocean’s pH levels (IPCC, 2014).

 

Radiative forcing: A measure of the retention of heat in the atmosphere, which is the driver of climate change. Simply put, radiative forcing (RF) is incoming energy from the sun minus outgoing energy, measured in units (NOAA, 2019).

Species: A group of living organisms that can interbreed to produce fertile offspring (Natural Wildlife Federation, 2016).

The Gree-NA Way

A SIX-STEP STRATEGY TO SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

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about us

We believe the future has got to be green.

The way we run the world is rapidly changing - it has to. Time is fast running out for us to save the planet... and ourselves. We must collaborate to protect, restore, and wisely use the Earth's natural resources. The private sector has a crucial and leading role to play in this sea-change. The problem is, despite all the best intentions and will in the world, most business owners and managers have no idea how to green their business nor how to prosper in a new economic reality... that's where we come in.

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"The goal of halving global emissions by 2030 represents the absolute minimum we must achieve if we are to have at least a 50 per cent chance of safeguarding humanity from the worst impacts. We are in the critical decade." 

 — Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, The Future We Choose