So, from being a low-key player in green-o-sphere and a closet autarchist ..... I have opted for the ultimate 'green-shift' ..... being au fait with the latest in cutting-edge ecology.
But then, I find myself mired in these new generation eco-centric buzzwords that have invaded the cyberspace, cocktail circuits, et al.
Its crazy going. Reminds me of the Ripley's Mirror Maze as I keep getting lost in the labyrinth of 'zero carbon's and 'zero neutral's. And Heaven help me if perchance I commit the ultimate faux pas ...... confusing 'zero emissions' with 'clean burning'! As for Googling the keywords, its worse than separating pith.
Finally, the compulsive researcher in me got cracking ..... to arm myself with the hottest and latest lexicon to be found in ecosphere. [An awesome task, given the whole new set of amazing jargons birthed by political manouvers, green makeovers and venture capitalists].
There's an awesome range of new-fangled words out there in eco-world ..... almost a micronation by itself! Some of these are mind-bogglingly inventive ...... while some could hold their own as tongue-twisters. They make me feel like I am creating this dream garden ...... what with the latest 'hybrids' and 'dark greens' ...... and 'corn-porns' thrown in for that luscious appeal!
I have attempted to rake in as many of the green jargon as I could get hold of ...... more of an eco-babble pruned to be eco-trendy and dressed up in eco-humor! Shall keep adding compost and grafting along the way. And would love to have you pitch in this fashionably green project. [BTW, THAT is not coined by ME !]
Have a pleasant stroll ...... I dont mind, as long as you watch your 'carbon footprint' !
basic browns also labelled 'apathetics' , they are the green stoics and the anti-L.O.H.A.S. breed.
Bali roadmap cliched jargon favoured by journos and bloggers; the forecasting tool to show action needed by all countries to tackle climate change, named after the landmark deal struck in December 2007 at Bali island to produce an international convention by the end of 2009
biomimicry taking lessons from the biome to simulate efficiency
bright greens the eco warriors who want to overhaul or retrofit everything
bring site place where you can take and recycle your own waste
carbon capture new technology to capture carbon emissions and store them in isolated areas, a process or product that removes carbon from the atmosphere
carbon credits a 'carrot' scheme of awarding efficient performers with grades-like 'credits' (quota of carbon allowed to emit)
carbon footprint individual contribution to the greenhouse gas emissions; a meaurement of negative impact on environment; equals direct + indirect emissions of a given consumer
carbon negative So grow trees for a carbon negative venture!
carbon neutral a highly debated jargon that more or less agrees on one thing - cutting down carbon emissions to the maximum extent possible, even if it means cutting down foreign holidays
carbon offset the process of counter-balancing carbon emissions
carbon tax charge imposed on the use of fossil fuels, based on amount of carbon emitted by the fuel
carbon trading a new-fangled tool designed to control overall pollution by allowing corporates to trade in 'carbon credits'; the ultimate in eco-protocol that restricts quota of individual carbon emissions while paving way for elitist defaulters to buy the surplus 'carbon credits' of eco-moralists, and continue to emit carbons!
clean-burning fuel that has little or no emissions while consumption
close the loop buying a recycled product which is already re-manufactured / re-processed / re-used more than once
conspicuous conservation conservation of water, energy and natural resources in an elitist blatant mode; the antithesis as well as antidote of conspicuous consumption
corn-porn journo lingo referring to the Super Bowl 'Veggie-Love' ad of PETA banned by NBC, featuring a bevy of beautiful women tempted by veggies
cradle-to-cradle products designed for recycling; services or products where materials are perpetually circulated within the 'closed loop'
cradle-to-grave products that end in landfills at the end of their life; typically products and services that have an environmental impact through its lifecycle and thereafter; non-recyclable products
cragger member of the Carbon Rationing Action Group (C.R.A.G.) working towards stopping climate change - taking individual and collective accountability to reduce personal carbon footprint
dark greens the eco reformers who believe in radical macro-policy shifts for solutions to a sustainable environmentDesign for Environment (DfE), also Design for Sustainability (DfS) design using resources that have minimum negative impact on the natural, economic and social environment
green building design, also sustainable building design building and construction design which uses methods, systems and materials with a lower negative impact on the environment than the conventional building design. record of the amount of energy used and waste created, in the life-cycle of a product or service
green-collar jobs traditionally 'blue-collar' jobs that contribute to a sustainable economy and improved environment green muting hiding the head in sand attitude of corporates on environmental issues and efforts, or their refusal to talk green-shift change in attitude or policy to an eco-friendly path
green wash marketing tool for promotion of eco-friendliness of a company or service, verging on the brainwash grey water waste water from domestic use
guerilla the hipper and edgier version of 'grassroots', complete with connotations of the underground and extralegal. guerilla gardening a politically correct defintion would be proactive gardening practiced by environmentalists. More than often, a guerilla take-over of a patch of land for the express purpose of a green resurrection.
Hummer an eco-colloqialism, for "the embodiment of everything wrong with the American automotive industry and culture surrounding it."; jargon originated in the 'Hummer' brand of off-the-road vehicles sold by General Motors, criticised for its poor fuel economy and ecological irresponsibility amongst other things
hybrid cars Cars that use two or more energy sources, like electricity, gasoline, solar; commonly refers to hybrid electric vehicles with electric motor/s and internal combustion engines
indirect emissions 'carbon emissions' the indirect or roundabout way (using electricity generated by burning fossil fuels, or eating meals with high food miles) Life-Cycle Analysis (L.C.A.) process to assess the environmental impact during the entire life of a product or service
Life Cycle Inventory (L.C.I) record of the amount of energy used and waste created, in the life-cycle of a product or service generating own energy using solar panels or domestic wind turbines
Lifestyles Of Health and Sustainability (L.O.H.A.S.) a hip marketing and advertising lingo, devised to draw eco-conscious consumers
light greens the eco-aware crowds who advocate the eco-path through lifestyle choices
mainstream environmentalism well-financed, highly structured movements campaigning for environmental justice, operating on a national or wider scale the continuing melting of polar ice, causing an ongoing shrinking of the ice caps
no-impact man tag given to the person who is focused on creating a zero impact on the environment, after the superhero title given to Colin Beaven who opted to spend an entire year with his family generating absolutely no net impact (it scored him a New York Times article, a book deal, and an appearance on The Colbert Report!) off-the-grid living without public utility amenities; a life of self-suffciiency
Polar melt product or material which has already been recycled or reused AFTER its original purpose was served
post-consumer material discarded-as-garbage consumer stuff, churned into a new product
post-consumer product or material which has been recycled or reused BEFORE it has become a consumer product
pre-consumer corporate lingo that factors in social and environmental costs, prioritising the three Ps, people, planet and profit
practicavore the practice of growing own food to save money; the striving green-fingers for a sustainable living
product take-back the far-sightedness of a manufacturer that provides for the take-back of the product after use for its disposal, reuse, recycling and sustainability
scuppie an ethical yuppie who believes being eco-friendly doesn't mean having to give up on the modern lifestyle
Segway eco-colloqialism for anything that maybe green tech but NOT necessarily chic; jargon originating from the two-wheeled self-balancing electric vehicle called 'Segway'
slow design yet to be fully explored jargon derived from the 'slow food movement' begun to combat fast food revolution, aimed at using local resources, incorporating natural time-cycles and sustainability
sustainable sources materials that minimise environmental impact by using minimum non-renewable resources
technocratic environmentalism where use of the analytical sciences and technology is advocated to conserve environment
triple bottom line, also TBL, 3BL product that does not contain recycled content; product manufactured with 100% new materials
upcycling creating useful products from waste materials; an eco-stunt by green crusaders and design junkies to describe new products from wastes like the cliched old T shirt revamps (also includes lazy, unethical ventures like the reported Chinese application of used condoms in hair scrunchies!)
vermicomposting process of using worms to decompose vegetable and biodegrable household scraps and produce nutrient-rich soil
virgin product a loosely used jargon to tag nil carbon emissions
walkshed areas within walking distance; places reached on foot while shedding those extra kilos the energy-efficient way
water bankruptcy total depletion of water as demand outpaces population and economic growth
zero carbon home house that produces no net C02 emissions from the energy used by people living in it, NOT taking into account the initial construction materials
zero-energy design building design with zero annual net energy consumption or carbon emission; wherein on-site renewable energy source equals energy consumed; building design where 100 % of energy consumed is renewable even if generated off-site