I assume human inequality is a major, probably *the* major, cause of
climate change - at least in part because of the vast expansion of
status-driven consumption, when big differences in wealth develop.
Can anyone point me to sources on the scale of status-driven
consumption? I am thinking in particular of excess consumption for
"keeping up with the Joneses"; also the forced consumption of
aspirant middle classes, obliged to buy more expensive houses so that
their children can go to "better" schools, stump up for private
schools, Landrover to drive the offspring back and forth, etc.
(although this is covered to some extent by Richard Frank in his
recent book 'Falling Behind: how inequality harms the middle class')
I am organising a public meeting about the impacts of inequality, in
Oxford on November 22nd: http://www.equalitywhen.org.uk I was
inititally thinking purely of the staggering damage to health done by
inequality, but am now also trying to get climate-change campaigners
interested in the issue.
I am already aware of Richard Wilkinson's and Danny Dorling's work
(both will speak at the meeting); and Amartya Sen's "Development as
Freedom". What other sources should I be looking at?
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