Debi Wagner is a Seattle airport neighbor, and a community activist who worked against the expansion of SEA-TAC airport. She’s the author of Over My Head, a memoir of 17 years doing airport environmental justice work.
“Aviation Justice means to me just what the word justice implies. There are certain people singled out for abuse. They are people unfortunate enough to be living near any of the nation’s airports. These people don’t have the same lives as others. Their quality of living is compromised, their enjoyment and use of their property limited, their health may be at risk from fumes and soot and their children aren’t able to learn in the local schools as other children can due to noise from jets. These people have been asking for and seeking justice for decades. Their cries for help, compensation, remediation and recognition have gone completely unheeded. I have never been able to understand why the terrible onslaught of ill effects on people, environment and property by a money making industry can be ignored as this is.”
“The airport and airport-related activities are potentially major sources of air pollution and environmental justice requires that one group of people not benefit at the cost of environmental degradation affecting the quality of life of another group.”
—from the Washington State Department of Public Health,
“Addressing Community Health Concerns Around Sea-Tac Airport”, March 2000