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Social Sustainability Equates with Smaller Income Gaps


In a recent TED talk by the unbelievably articulate Richard Wilkinson, the gap between rich and poor was identified as the principal barrier in creating the greatest advances in social sustainability, now possible through increased income equality as evidenced in the Nordic countries such as Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, as well as Japan, where the income gap is smallest.

So what do real-world solutions to the income gap look like? We are told, for a start: income re-distribution schemes, progressive taxation, review of tax havens, greater prosecution of tax dodgers, and mandatory enforced regulations on bonus capping.

Image courtesy of and with thanks to TED.

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This entry was posted on 3 November 2011 by in Social Sustainability.

Part of the Problem? or Part of the Solution?

Rampant consumerism.
Widespread unsustainable lifestyles.
Unsustainable business practices.
Damaging and unsustainable travel and transport.
Extensive environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
These are some of the problems we face.
Energy crisis.
Financial crisis.
Uneducated and un-empowered.
Environmental damage.
Food and water shortage.
Climate change.
Are you part of the problem,
Or are you part of the solution?

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