Solutions for Humanity, Community, and the Environment
Date of Interview
The interviewee expounds a holistic approach to environmental justice where the fate and well-being of humans and ecosystems are intertwined. She emphasizes the importance of making sure that humans are considered to part of Nature, rather than separate from it. According to the interviewee this paradigm encourages better integration of environmental and human concerns such that there will be less ecological degradation and less human suffering as a consequence. For example, improved stewardship of the land reduces harmful toxins and, thus, improves the overall quality of human health. In essence, the ways in which we impact our environment correlate directly to how our own lives our impacted. This interviewee has a much more integrated approach to environmental justice that incorporates well-being and justice for both humans and non-humans alike; consequently, her views are less anthropocentric.
Bates, Amy, "Amy Bates Interview" (2013). Puget Sound Environmental Justice Interviews. 3.