Tackling inequality and unsustainable consumption

On 20 April, 2016 IIED hosted an event to look at ways to encourage the world's richest reduce their environmental impact. Bringing together participants from NGOs, think tanks and academia, the event facilitated the exchange of ideas and a lively question-and-answer session.

  1. IIED set up the 'Critical Theme' series of events to explore new ideas and broaden the knowledge of its staff and partners. Open to both IIED staff and external participants, this meeting also provided an opportunity to explore ways for organisations to jointly tackle the inequality and environment agenda.
  2. EVENT: Today's seminar looks at ways to encourage the richest to reduce environmental impact. Live coverage from 4pm https://t.co/62FCVaiBsQ
    EVENT: Today's seminar looks at ways to encourage the richest to reduce environmental impact. Live coverage from 4pm pic.twitter.com/62FCVaiBsQ
  3. At @IIED for an overdue discussion on addressing the burden of the rich & tackling inequality & overconsumption
  4. We welcomed independent researcher Dario Kenner to present his latest research on the subject. Senior IIED researcher Essam Yassin Mohammed introduced the event and facilitated the discussions.
  5. .@dariokenner now speaking and looking forward to collaboration that will follow today's #criticaltheme and how we take the agenda forward
  6. Dario Kenner asks what is the ecological impact of the richest? #ReduceInequality #criticaltheme
  7. Targeting the ecological footprint of the richest - what policies could possibly affect their behaviour? @dariokenner #criticaltheme #iied
  8. How do you ask the richest to turn off the lights on their super yachts? #Reduceinequality #criticaltheme
  9. "Not all the extremely rich have super yachts, some just have yachts" Dario Kenner @IIED
  10. Now speaking about the link between #reduceinequality and bringing down carbon emissions @dariokenner #criticaltheme
  11. 'In some OECD countries the carbon footprints of some of the wealthiest 10% can be 170x those in the poorest 10%' @IIED
  12. .@dariokenner highlights the huge differences in household expenditure in India #criticaltheme #reduceinequality
  13. Redistribution of wealth needs planning to encourage people to use wealth in environmentally aware way @dariokenner #criticaltheme
  14. After Kenner's presentation the floor was open for questions and comments from participants...
  15. Poorer groups spend more on necessities and these are high carbon goods and may increase emissions says #criticaltheme participant
  16. Perhaps unsurprisingly there's a black hole of decent, comparative data on the consumption behaviour of the super rich & what can change it
  17. Floor now open for Q&A's. Need to look at net worth of individuals as well as consumption is the first comment from the floor #criticaltheme
  18. Conversation now moved to luxury taxes during World War 2 and the impact on consumption and how we can learn from that period #criticaltheme
  19. .@AndrewSimms_uk says lessons from WW2 show lux taxes and rationing had positive impacts, if complex #ReduceInequality
  20. How do you ask super rich to consume less in a society that idolises that consumption? Thought provoking comments at todays #criticaltheme
  21. Virtuous circle of behavior change leads to better consumption says Oliver Greenfield @GECoalition #criticaltheme #reduceinequality
  22. IIED director Andrew Norton closed the event and provided concluding remarks...
  23. IIED director @andynortondev now providing concluding remarks and highlights the importance of integrated solutions to #reduceinequality
  24. Today's #criticaltheme has now ended, thanks for tuning in and look out for a #Storify with a round up of the discussions tomorrow...