Dudley Bang-Ura and Brandon Spencer
Date of Interview
Summary: This interviewee underscores the importance of placing valuations on ecosystem services in order to grasp their importance to human communities. Doing so leads to improved conservation efforts which consequently ensure greater resource abundance for all peoples, as well as for future generations. She also points out that improving natural habitats improves the quality of life for the people embedded within a given area, using an example from her days as a college intern. Here, the degradation of a river was directly tied to compromised human health, thus illuminating how human suffering is often tied to ecosystem well-being. This interviewee’s view toward environmental justice is strongly anthropocentric, and emphasizes how ecosystems need to be properly managed in order to adequately serve human needs.
Flores, Lola, "Lola Flores Interview" (2013). Puget Sound Environmental Justice Interviews. 5.