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Environmentality is an ‘awareness of environmental issues and sense of responsibility to the natural world.’

We like the word because it suggests that one thinks about the environment, (it’s also easier to say than ecoconsciousness), but it is a fairly new word. The definition above comes from Oxford Reference, but due to its status as a neologism, it doesn’t appear in the dictionary.

You will find 'environmentality' on Wikipedia, but under the rather dry heading of ’ Ecogovernmentality, which is ‘the application of Foucault’s concepts of biopower and governmentality to the analysis of the regulation of social interactions with the natural world.’
Nice ideas, but not quite what we meant...

But, that’s the thing about neologisms. When they get used in a certain way by enough people, they receive the official status of being a ‘word’ and are entered into the dictionary.

So is ‘environmentality’ being used in our context? Yes, here are a couple of examples.

It’s used directly in this rather amusing article:

We switched to a school (Goleta Family School) with a focus on “environmentality,” where the kids go outside to the garden, an old fashioned term for what is now an “outdoor classroom.”

Learning Naturally by Michelle Howard

 

Disney also use it on their blog, for articles such as: 10 things you can do to help save the environment on your next Walt Disney World trip

In fact they have a page of articles tagged with ‘environmentality’.

And if it’s good enough for Disney, it’s good enough for us!

 

You may have noticed we also like the word ‘neologisms’, which is why we keep repeating it.
It’s meaning?
A neologism is a relatively recent or isolated term, word, or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but that has not yet been fully accepted into mainstream language. Wikipedia

So keep using the word ‘environmentality’ as though everyone knows what it means, then one day everyone will.

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