Rebuilding social justice  |  Events  |  26.11.2013

Why is better to be rich in Sweden than in the US?

Why do Japanese live longer than Americans? Why are there more teenage pregnancies in the United States than in France? Why are Swedes thinner than Greeks? Richard Wilkinson argues that “inequality” is the right answer to all these questions. The Belgian Green foundation Etopia is launches in November the French translation of the book “The Spirit Level” (by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett – French translation: Pourquoi l’égalité est-elle meilleure pour tous) in an event in Brussels that also aims to promote a broader discussion on the topic of inequality in the EU.

Date: Tuesday 26 November 2013, h 20:00
Venue: ULB room h2215 . Address: Av Paul Heger 22-24 - Bruxelles (BE)
Language: English and French

Richard Wilkinson is a British epidemiologist, well known for his research on the determinants of health. Professor emeritus at the School of Medicine of the University of Nottingham, he created “The Equality Trust” website advocating for greater income equality among individuals.

Health, life expectancy, obesity, mental health, incarceration rates or homicide, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, school failure or success , carbon footprint and recycling, all these indicators clearly show that income inequality sharply affects personal and social well- being. Wilkinson concludes in his book that it is not wealth that determines the happiness of society, but the equality of conditions.

The event will be moderated by Greens/EFA Member of the European Parliament Philippe Lamberts (Ecolo, Belgium).