Importance of Sanitation
Robin Nagle Keynotes - Robin Nagle's speeches focus on her anthropological research on waste. She has worked as a resident...
Robin Nagle’s Systems of Sanitation Speech Examines NYC’s Lab
Nagle described the job, considered one of the ten most dangerous occupations in the country, as a “remarkable privilege and amazing education.” She discovered the relentless essence of trash, which acts as a “force of nature unto itself” and personally experienced the stigma and invisibility of donning a sanitation worker uniform.
Ultimately, Nagle noted that sanitation workers are the number one guardians of public health, keeping disease and contamination in check; that sanitation affects the economical flow (we can’t produce if we don’t dispose of the old;) and that sanitation affects our quotidian velocity (how fast we’re used to moving.) Nagle urges us to acknowledge our sanitation workers in order to properly create and foster a sustainable and humane environment.