Ryan Mello Interview
Tacoma City Council Member
Racheal Balles and Joe McCord
Date of Interview
The interviewee addresses environmental justice through an anthropocentric lens, stating that inequities in transportation and air quality contribute to several injustices for disadvantaged communities. He believes that having adequate green spaces compels community members to walk more and drive less, thus lessening our overall dependence on single occupancy vehicles (SOV). Moreover, having such green spaces encourages greater contact between community members, heightened community awareness, improved neighborhood safety, and an overall increase in social capital. His approach to environmental justice is anthropocentric, as his concepts tend to valuate nature for human utility.
Mello, Ryan, "Ryan Mello Interview" (2013). Puget Sound Environmental Justice Interviews. 18.
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