University of Washington Tacoma
Larry Chang and Bryan Moxcey
Date of Interview
This interviewee suggests environmental injustice is a consequence of how people tend to devalue the urban nature that is in and around human habitats. As a consequence, human societies have created city landscapes that are prone to waste build-up, pollution, and other forms of ecological decline. Such processes have combined with racial, class, and economic inequities to worsen pre-existing social injustices. The interviewee emphasizes that humans should not be seen as separate components of nature, and recommends that communities work in ways to improve the natural spaces found throughout our metro regions. He also argues that science and technology alone are incapable of addressing the problems we face; rather, we will need dramatic changes in our existing social and political arenas. Overall, this interviewee views environmental justice from a strictly anthropocentric position.
Pendras, Mark, "Mark Pendras Interview" (2013). Puget Sound Environmental Justice Interviews. 13.