State of Washington Department of Ecology
Date of Interview
This interviewee states that environmental justice is a combination of social, political, and economic inequities that are linked to environmental hazards. She contends that these patterns are visible through demographic studies, yet she also stresses the need to engage directly with affected communities to better understand and witness the underlying reasons. The interviewee emphasizes cultural context by showing how toxins in fish and shellfish affect Native Americans who still rely on traditional fishing practices for their livelihood. She states that “healthy housing” is a major concern for low income neighborhoods that are at a disproportionate risk of being exposed to pollution and its attendant health problems. The interviewee takes an anthropocentric approach to the topic, focusing chiefly on how environmental degradation affects people, and what steps should be taken to remedy social inequities.
Aoyagi, Hannah, "Hannah Aoyagi Interview" (2013). Puget Sound Environmental Justice Interviews. 1.