[Ec12] The Ecology of Everything

AUTHOR: James Stopps


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Scenario Games: Action Plan: External:

The Environment; Social relations; Human subjectivity; UN; Government; Media; Kyoto protocol; Hanover principles; Guattari; DT; ‘Sustainability’
The Hanover Principles, 2001
1.  Insist on rights of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy, supportive, diverse and sustainable condition.
2.  Recognize interdependence. The elements of human design interact with and depend upon the natural world, with broad and diverse implications at every scale. Expand design considerations to recognizing even distant effects.
3.  Respect relationships between spirit and matter. Consider all aspects of human settlement including community, dwelling, industry and trade in terms of existing and evolving connections between spiritual and material consciousness.
4.  Accept responsibility for consequences of design decisions upon human well-being, the viability of natural systems, and their rights to co-exist.
5.  Create safe objects of long-term value. Do not burden future generations with requirements for maintenance or vigilant administration of potential danger due to careless creation of products, processes or standards.
6.  Eliminate the concept of waste. Evaluate and optimize the full life-cycle of products and processes, to approach the state of natural systems, in which there is no waste.
7.  Rely on natural energy flows. Human designs should, like the living world, derive their creative forces from perpetual solar income. Incorporate this energy efficiently and safely for responsible use.
8.  Understand the limitation of design. No human creation lasts forever and design does not solve all problems. Those who create and plan should practice humility in the face in the face of nature. Treat nature as a model and a mentor, not an inconvenience to be evaded or controlled.
9.  Seek constant improvement by the sharing of knowledge. Encourage direct and open communication between colleagues, patrons, manufacturers and users to link long term sustainable considerations with ethical responsibility, and re-establish the integral relationship between natural processes and human activity.

‘The Earth is undergoing a period of intense techno-scientific transformations. If no remedy is found, the ecological disequilibrium this has generatedwill ultimately threaten the continuation of life on the planet’s surface. Alongside these upheavals, human modes of life, both individual and collective,are progressively deteriorating. Kinship networks tend to be reduced to a bare minimum; domestic life is being poisoned by the gangrene of mass-media consumption; family and married life are frequently ossified by a sort of standardization of behaviour; and neighbourhood relations are generally reduced to their meanest expression…It is the relationship between subjectivity and its exteriority – be it social, animal, vegetable or Cosmic – that is compromised in this way, in a general movement of implosion and regressive infantalization. Otherness tends to lose all its asperity…
Political groupings and executive authorities appear to be totally incapable of understanding the full implications of these issues. Despite having recently initiated a pertial realiztion of the most obvious dangers that threaten the natural environment of our societies, they are generally content to simply tackle industrial pollution and then from a purely technocratic perspective, whereas only an ethico-political articulation between the three ecological registers – the environment, social relations and human subjectivity – would be likely to clarify these questions.’
Felix Guattari, ‘The Three Ecologies’, 1989
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