Copenhagen, climate change and equality

As I watch the the proceedings at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, it is also obvious to me that the global community, will not be able to tackle environmental issues until we tackle inequality.

I’m currently reading ‘The Spirit Level, Why more equal societies almost always do better’ by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Picket. Wilkinson and Picket present research to show how social cohesion, unity of spirit, equal sharing of resources and income partity, produce communities with better health and life expectancy.   The authors also argue that equality and social cohesion is also necessary to tackle the big environmental challenges.  See here for a Times On-line review of their book.

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