Sierra club: the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental
organization in the United States. To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the
earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and
resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural
and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Green peace: is a non-governmental environmental organization. Greenpeace states its goal is
to "ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity"]and focuses its work on
world wide issues such as global warming, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling and
anti-nuclear issues. Greenpeace uses direct action, lobbying and research to achieve its goals.
Agrarian: of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure, : of, relating to, or characteristic of
farmers or their way of life
The sky is falling! is a fable in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes the
world is coming to an end. The phrase The sky is falling! features promininently in the story,
and has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken
belief that disaster is imminent.
Conspicuous consumption: buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your
wealth. The acquisition and display of expensive items to attract attention to one's wealth or to
suggest that one is wealthy. Extravagant and ostentatious expenditure. Conspicuous consumption
is meant not to satisfy any physical need, but rather to gratify the psychological craving for status
or the esteem of others. The term was first used by the US sociologist and economist Thorstein
Bunde Veblen (1857-1929) in his 1899 book 'The Theory Of The Leisure Class.'
superbia, avaritia, luxuria, invidia, gula, ira, acedia;
Avarice" is more of a blanket term that can describe many other examples of greedy behavior.
These include disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, or treason, especially for personal gain, for example
A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made in order
to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere
apocalypse: one of the Jewish and Christian writings of 200 B.C. toA D . 150 marked by
pseudonymity, symbolic imagery, and the expectation of an imminent cosmic cataclysm in
which God destroys the ruling powers of evil and raises the righteous to life in a messianic
kingdom Bioethanol is an alcohol made by fermenting the sugar components of plant materials and it is
made mostly from sugar and starch crops
A non-renewable resource is a natural resource which cannot be produced, grown, generated, or
used on a scale which can sustain its consumption rate, once used there is no more remaining.
These resources often exist in a fixed amount and are consumed much faster than nature can
create them. Fossil fuels (such as coal, petroleum and natural gas) and nuclear power (uranium)
Pestilence: a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating,
something that is destructive or pernicious.
Millennium: the thousand years mentioned in Revelation 20 during which holiness is to prevail
and Christ is to reign on earth
Armageddon: the site or time of a final and conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil.
Thorstein Veblen, planned obsolescence: Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence [1in
industrial design is a policy of deliberately planning or designing a product with a limited useful
life, so it will become obsolete or nonfunctional after a certain period. Planned obsolescence
has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the
consumer is under pressure to purchase again, whether from the same manufacturer (a
replacement part or a newer model), or from a competitor which might also rely on planned
obsolescence. For an industry, planned obsolescence stimulates demand by encouraging
purchasers to buy sooner if they still want a functioning product. Built-in obsolescence is used in
many different products. There is, however, the potential backlash of consumers who learn that
the manufacturer invested money to make the product obsolete faster; such consumers might turn
to a producer (if any exists) that offers a more durable alternative
Swords into plow shears: The term “beat swords into plowshares,” in reference to turning away
from military activity to pursue peace, comes from the Bible. There are several references to
turning swords into plowshares and vice versa in the Bible, reflecting the widespread use of both
swords and plowshares in Biblical times. Today, the term has been adopted by many Christian
peace organizations as a motto or title, and it is also famously included in the Plowshares
Movement, an anti-nuclear movement which arose in 1980.
In the Book of Joel, one verse refers to beating plowshares into swords and pruning hooks into
spears, in a verse in which people are encouraged to rise u