The Spirit Level

Many of you will already be familiar with the book The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2010). In a nutshell, the book argues that most things in society are not just a result of wealth, but of (in)equality and that new ways of thinking for positive solutions are necessary. You may have already read the book. Indeed, it may have informed your thinking and interventions in environmental health. If you haven’t read it, I would urge you to do so.

More recently, a documentary based on the book is being made to explore the true costs of inequality and its meaning in real lives. It features some names very familiar to us, including Richard Wilkinson and Sir Michael Marmot. The trailer is available here.

Environmental health can contribute hugely to tackling inequality and we need to ensure that we demonstrate why and how in effectively directed ways.

Best wishes, Jill

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