I’m really interested in the idea of a relationship-based agency, from readings I did during my honours year into New Materialism. Materiality—the quality and meaning of a material thing— may be found within making not only in the raw material or finished object. The function here is disputing boundaries between subject and object, highlighting entanglement, and engendering respect for our place within the broad and complex system of nature, not separate from it. Ecology is defined as both the relationships and interactions between organisms, complex systems, or people, and their environments, and advocacy for the protection for the environment. So, I apply the term agency in a similar capacity to consider relationships, as well as a sense of care or responsibility for protecting the natural environment. Environmentalist David Suzuki describes the consequential environmental ethics from considering this entanglement: ‘We are creatures of Earth, created of stardust, energised by the sun, carrying within us fragments of the first life-forms – evidence of our kinship with every other creature on the planet’.Suzuki describes science and technology’s reductionist influence creating disconnections with nature and instead calls for rebalance.
https://www.dictionary.com/browse/ecologyviewed August 23, 2018. David Suzuki, The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature (Allen and Unwin, 1997), p145