JEDI Glossary

Welcome! This glossary is meant to serve as a guiding document as 350 Maine strives to truly embody Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in our work to address the climate crisis. This JEDI Glossary was developed by a small group advising 350 Maine. We’ve drawn on numerous sources as well as personal experience. We want to note that we all have work to do and it will take a lifetime. Here is just one place to start. This can be as short or long as you need - with interactivity built in. Below the glossary definitions, questions are provided to invite self-reflection. We welcome everyone and acknowledge everyone’s diverse lived experiences as you enter this space.

It's also very much a living document, and a work in progress where we invite your input. Personal stories have real power to grow our understanding of the world and each other. Please send any additions or stories via email to: [email protected]

Click "learn more" below to read more about each category and see a glossary of related terms and concepts.


Climate Justice requires the recognition that the climate crisis was caused by failures of our political, social, and economic systems. It operates at the intersection of racial and social rights, environmental and economic justice. It focuses on the root causes of climate change and demands holding those responsible for the climate crisis accountable. Climate Justice calls for a transformation resulting in a livable future where all can thrive.

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The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically under-served and underrepresented populations, and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.

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Psychological, physical, and social differences that occur among any and all individuals; including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, and learning styles.

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The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate and bring their full, authentic selves to work. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in the words/actions/ thoughts of all people.

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