Everyday Ecocide: Invitation
Ecocide means the destruction of the natural environment. Ecocide is happening because of agribusiness, deforestation, mining, the oil industry, pollution and waste, and also because of the impacts of anthropogenic global warming and its continued denial. This ecocide is being perpetuated by globalised industry, which relies on fossil fuels and their chemical and plastic derivatives. Much of this ecocide is invisible to us because it has become normalised, and many of us live disconnected from wild places that are being damaged, or from where our food and goods are being produced. The media fails us to expose the environmental damage behind the system of economic growth that supposedly sustains us and enables us to aspire to better futures. It fails to expose the corporate and political corruption behind the continuity of this ‘business as usual’ system. It fails to expose the hegemonies in our culture that tie us into this system. In turn, our laws, scientific research, artworks, policies, debates and so on continue this erasure of the ecological mesh in which we live and the damage it is undergoing.
In April 2016, I created a Facebook group called Everyday Ecocide, aiming to have a place where people could share examples they had found of eco-blindness, climate denial or erasure of non-human species. All of these small ecocides are like a daily tide, in and out, causing disconnection from nature, psychic numbing to ecological harm and ultimately all adding up to the emerging catastrophe of environmental collapse.
The idea was inspired by the Everyday Sexism project which exists to catalogue incidents of sexism experienced on a day to day basis, including in representations and language. Everyday Ecocide is in some ways a tougher call than inviting stories of sexism. The BBC has run Woman’s Hour since 1946 and given a platform to feminism for at least the past 45 years. BBC has run nature programmes for a long time too, but not in a way that criticises the anti-environmental structural hegemonies of our soci0-political system! It’s hard to find a way to describe this without jargon. We haven’t learned how to critique our lack of an ecological way of knowing. We, mostly, aren’t even conscious of it. That’s why I need your help.
I’ve set up a new Medium publication to invite articles and short posts to help us understand Everyday Ecocide, the disconnection from nature, the denial of anthropogenic global warming, the erasure of other species, the devaluing of environmental externalities, the exclusion of ecological education and so on. What are all the different categories of this phenomenon? Why is it intensifying even while the Earth system is beginning to collapse around us? And what are some alternative stories and creative solutions to an eco-blind culture?
How to get involved:
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be added as a writer, so you can add your stories to this publication.
Follow the Everyday Ecocide publication here on Medium, and share the articles you find interesting.
Ask to join the Facebook group and post and comment there.
Follow and amplify @EverydayEcocide on Twitter, and use #EverydayEcocide
I look forward to hearing your ideas.