Washington State Legislature
Date of Interview
This interviewee claims that environmental injustice occurs when poor, politically marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by pollution and other forms of ecological decline. He stresses topics of storm water runoff, air pollution, and waste disposal, asserting that affluent neighborhoods are suffering less than their indigent counterparts. As a remedy, he encourages more inclusive dialogue to establish equal representation through public hearings and other policy processes, so that all members of a community have an opportunity to be heard. He contends that the environment buoys human society, so it is important for us to be wise stewards of natural systems. The interviewee discusses global incidents of environmental injustice including biotechnology and corporate control of seeds, tying this into the local issue of I-522 which would mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods. Overall, he his approach to the topic is anthropocentric.
Goodman, Roger, "Roger Goodman Interview" (2013). Puget Sound Environmental Justice Interviews. 7.
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