Robinson Noble, Incorporated
Date of Interview
This interviewee begins by conflating broader, legal definitions of social justice with environmental issues. He stresses the need for economic equality as a safeguard against environmental injustice, and advocates for sustainable practices that ensure all communities are protected against the consequences of ecological decline. For example, the interviewee stresses how gentrification has exacerbated inequalities whereby disproportionate shares of toxins are placed in and near poor and ethnic neighborhoods. He also addresses the need for humans to be better stewards of the environment, since communities and natural systems are inter-related and what befalls one befalls the others. Lastly, he emphasizes that before all members of a population can be expected to participate in social and environmental healing, we must make sure their basic needs are being met. This interviewee expresses an anthropocentric approach to environmental justice, although he recognizes the value of holistic viewpoints.
Hildenbrand, John, "John Hildenbrand Interview" (2013). Puget Sound Environmental Justice Interviews. 9.