WILLING EFFORT — MANIFESTO
New Ecological Practices of Making Space
by Gabriela Saucedo, Nicolas Muratore, Travis Lee Mitzel, and Dann Disciglio
1. A climate catastrophe is imminent.1
2. Pristine Nature is Dead. Fall in love with new ecologies.
3. Nostalgia for pre-Anthropocene ecologies and landscapes should be discouraged.
4. Create niches for non-human life. Respect for the non-human other with which we share our world, is essential to our survival and spiritual development.Empathy must always be the foundation on which new ecological systems are -built.
5. Dismantle interspecies hierarchies, de-center the human.
6. Don’t condemn a fish for swimming. Offer it more food to make its stay morecomfortable. That food will also feed those who were already in the system. This is how we sustain.
7. Ecosystems can arrive from the wings of birds and ballast tanks. Ecosystems are open, flexible and unpredictable.2
8. Be wary of a heavy hand. Geo-engineering and the technosphere have warped tentacles.3 Embrace what good it can bring but beware of fascist tendencies.
9. Aestheticize new ecologies. Create an affinity. Practice is “appreciated and produced through participation and adaptation.” 4
10. Practice eco-mythology. Tell new stories, elaborate on new connections, find a deeper purpose for your actions.
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1 IPCC, Global Warming of 1.5 ℃, SR15
2 Fred Pearce, The New Wild: Why Invasive Species will be Natures Salvation
3 An Ecomodernist Manifesto
4 Jusuck Koh, An Ecological Aesthetic