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Ecocide

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Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 17 march 2008

We like this word that John Thackara uses in a post about a UK local government call for tender that omitted the need for sustainability. John says:

A good example of ecocidal policy in action was an announcement last week concerning the Design Centre of the North (DCN). The regional development agency, One North East, has published a public call for tenders for organisations to run the new institution.

The word sustainability does not appear, once, in the accompanying text – despite the fact that 80 percent of the environmental impact of products and buildings is determined at the design stage.

How could this happen? The answer lies in the rules which determine how these government agencies work. A development project may only be funded if it contributes to growth, productivity, and “Gross Value Added.” Otherwise stated, unsustainable business-as-usual.

John credits Jonathan Porritt, founder of the Forum for the Future, for the word ‘ecocidal’ in a document for NESTA.

Doors of Perception weblog: Design policy as ecocide

 

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