Glossary of terms
As with all organisations or specialist fields, the transition movement uses particular terms or phrases to embody certain concepts that may be unfamiliar to the general reader. Definitions for some of the most frequently used ones are given here.
Peak oil: There is a limited amount of oil that we can extract from the Earth. Peak oil refers to the point at which the supply of that oil is at its limit. After this point, oil supply will begin to decline. [source: ecomii]
Climate change: The periodic fluctuations in global temperatures and precipitation, such as the glacial (cold) and interglacial (warm) cycles of the Pleistocene (a geological period from 1.8 million to 10,000 years ago). Presently, the increase in global temperatures since 1900 is of great interest. Many atmospheric scientists and meteorologists believe it is linked to human-produced carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. [source: ecomii]
Sustainable oceans/Sustainable seas: The need to fish wisely, without overfishing to extinction, and to maintain ocean reserves.