“Reducing emissions will not be cheap or easy, but the greatest obstacles are political.”Dr. Robert Stavins Presenter at "Evening with Dr. Rob Stavins" at Seattle University, 2016
Policies for zoning laws or taxes can for many of us at first blush like a distant, dry, even boring, topic. But policies have very real impacts on all of us, every day. Consider your own neighborhood: the height of the buildings, the presence of green space, the accessibility and affordability of healthy food or public transportation. Or, in rural communities, consider the agriculture and irrigation employed and access to clean water. All of these everyday realities are affected by policy decisions.
Policies connect to justice. Low-income, minority communities are more likely to be negatively impacted by ecological degradation and pollution than communities with political or economic power. The Jesuit's call to work for justice requires that we engage in addressing the policies that make a more just society more or less possible.
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