Equality matters


a tale about life inclusion

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Equality matters

Does equality matter? Let's turn the question around: How does economic inequality influence societies?






- is unsustainable

- will tear us apart

Richard Wilkinson

Joseph Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

However, there is people who think inequality is good....









But there are arguments aginst that inequality is good...


The evidence suggests greater equality has

benefits in terms of fewer health and social

problems and stronger, more cohesive societies.

We can also expect that policies to reduce

carbon emissions and climate change will

improve health and wellbeing.

Energy production will be cleaner, waste managed more efficiently, people will walk or bicycle more frequently, and an emphasis on contraction and convergence could provide sustainable development opportunities for the world’s poorest.


Although change will take time, the convenient

truth is that greater equality offers not only the

possibility of a reduction in consumerism and

status competition, but also the development

of a more cohesive, sociable, and sustainable

society, which may be essential for our future

health and wellbeing.


In The Spirit Level: ..Not

only is greater equality a prerequisite for coping with climate change, it is essential for future improvements in the overall quality of life of whole populations. Physical and mental health are better and a wide range of social problems are less prevalent in more equal societies.


The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better was published in 2009

Questions about equality matters


1. Name 5 areas where equality are important?

2. Why are some aginst equality?

3. Do you feel that Kyrgyz children have equal opportunities like you?


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