Ecomedia Letter: i

Indigenous People

The people from a region who have the earliest living historical connection to live within that region.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is affected by factors such as building materials, mold, air circulation and the use of chemicals inside such as paints, inks, lacquers, printers and craft materials that may release volatile organic compounds.

Industrial Waste

Waste which is produced by industry. The term covers a huge variety of waste ranging from recyclables or compostables to very dangerous toxic waste.


Beautiful butterflies, useful little silkworms and creepy cockroaches all have a role in the ecosystem. Many insects play vital roles in keeping natural cycles going and are important in the food chain. They also help people out by doing jobs such as pollination of crops. In fact, in some areas where local insect populations have been destroyed, farmers are now paying for bee keepers to bring their bees by!

Inter-Generational Equity

The amount to which different generations have equal or differing access to opportunities and resources.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

A scientific organization set up by the United Nations Environment Program to give the world a view on the most updated and thorough scientific view on climate change and the potential impacts of climate change. They publish heavily reviewed and edited reports regularly on different aspects of climate change.

Intra-Generational Equity

The amount to which the same generation, in different socio-economic groups, have equal or differing access to opportunities and resources.

Invasive Species

A species that is not naturally occurring in an area that then invades an area. Invasive species have the potential to greatly upset ecosystems and habitats and cause a threat or extinction to other native species. An invasive species can outcompete, prey on, destroy habitat of, and eventually destroy native species populations.

ISO 14000

ISO 14000 is a group of standards concerned with environmental management, developed by the International Organization for Standardization. There are numerous numbers of standards that can be applied for, each requiring differing criteria. The standard however works in relation to adherence to different national and local laws of the country in which the business is being certified. Therefore, a process that is not able to be ISO 14001 certified in one country might be able to be certified in a country with less strict environmental laws.

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