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Professor Danny Dorling University of Sheffield Keynote 6 th July 2010, 1 Kemble Street, London Launch of Report; Green Space and Race: the connections.

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1 Professor Danny Dorling University of Sheffield Keynote 6 th July 2010, 1 Kemble Street, London Launch of Report; Green Space and Race: the connections between health, ethnicity and inequality How does green space inequality compare to other inequalities?

2 Professor Danny Dorling University of Sheffield How does green space inequality compare to other inequalities? Thanks to Ben Hennig for map (equal population European topography)

3 Picture courtesy of Mike from D-fuse :

4 Hallam Highgate It’s always the same places! Picture from Thomas, B. and Dorling, D. (2007) Identity in Britain, Policy Press. North/South

5 Oxford NW Same patterns Picture from Thomas, B. and Dorling, D. (2007) Identity in Britain, Policy Press.

6 Community green: using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health  Intervention on people help the chances for individuals, but may widen gaps  Interventions on places can be much longer lasting and help far more people  Just as a land-value-tax cannot be escaped by emigration (it is a good way to target the rich) so creating green space in inner cities is a good way to target poverty

7 Tokyo – not looking green

8 Tokyo – looking green

9 Community green you will have 11 times less public green space than areas where fewer than 2 per cent of their population are people from minority ethnic groups “…people living in deprived areas have five times less parks and general public space than the most affluent 20 per cent of areas. If you live in an area where more than 40 per cent of the population are people from black and minority ethnic groups, you will have 11 times less public green space than areas where fewer than 2 per cent of their population are people from minority ethnic groups.” How unusual is this? The best-off fifth of people in Britain now earn and receive 7.2 times the income of the worse-off fifth (6.9 in 1997). Is it any surprise that the best-off have access to 5 times more parks and other green space? Source: Injustice, why social inequality persists

10 Living above the 4 th floor Of all the statistics revealed by the 2001 census, the starkest showed that in England, the majority of children living on the fifth floor or above were not of white ethnicity. Of all the statistics that have been revealed since, the greatest surprise is that the number of school children who had to share their bedroom with an adult or sibling over the age of 10 and of the opposite sex rose from 8% in 1999 to 15% by Source: Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Policy Press,2010, page 117. Photography by Mary Shaw

11 Poor housing and ethnicity In the UK, in the eight years between : “…the number of statutory homeless households fell by slightly over 8% while the number of non-white BME homeless households increased by 14.5%. Roberts, R. and W. McMahon (2008). Debating race, ethnicity, harm and crime. London, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Pages 17 and 18

12 Homes and homelessness There was a striking increase in the number of homeless African/Caribbean households of between 25% and 42%. The unequal distribution of squalor continues – “33% of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis living in unfit dwellings compared to 6% White” Roberts, R. and W. McMahon (2008). Debating race, ethnicity, harm and crime. London, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Pages 17 and 18

13 Poor mental health and racism “For men and women, the rates of admission for BME groups were over three times higher than average. In the ‘other Black’ group, admission rates were ten times higher than average” 2007 Sources: s/2009/EHC_Dorling_response.pdf Dorling and Thomas, “People and Places”

14 Living behind bars The1991 census revealed that, in crude terms, a man was twelve times more likely to be in prison if he were black. By 2005, BME people accounted for approximately 24% of the male prison population and 28% of the female prison population. Sources: and Dorling, D. (1995) A New Social Atlas of Britain, Chichester: Wiley.www.worldmapper.org

15 Living with fear and others’ fear “Over a third of minority groups reported experiencing overt racism in Britain in At least five times as many racially motivated crimes occurred as were reported.” In 2007, 30% of “movers and shakers” in London would not vote for a Mayoral candidate who was a Muslim. “Lembit Opik: I’ll stand in race for Mayor if London wants me” Sources: Lewis, M. and N. Newman (2007). Challenging Attitudes, Perceptions and Myths. Report for the Commission on Integration and Cohesion. London, The Commission on Integration and Cohesion. (page 6). Evening Standard. London. Tuesday 13 November, 2007: pp.8-9

16 Discrimination in racism “Black pupils are five times less likely to be registered as ‘gifted and talented’.” Education policy, 2006 "I felt my teachers saw me as far more threatening " Kwame Kwei-Armah, Actor "Black boys' performance is due to institutionalised racism" Courtenay Griffiths, Barrister "Some of my best friends were racists" Ekow Eshun, Artistic Director, ICA Ball, S. J. (2008). The Education Debate. Bristol, Policy Press. (page , quoting in turn from the Independent on Sunday’s release of an unpublished Department for Education and Schools report in December Quotations published in the Independent on Sunday in response.

17 2010 headlines – no let up 70% rise in number of black and Asian people stopped and searched. Black people are now seven times more likely to be stopped than white people. (2008/9 compared to 2004/5) June 17th Black pupils are routinely marked down by teachers. “Teachers' assessment of children's ability is undermined by stereotyping, says research” which compared latest SAT results to informal assessments. April 4th Sources:http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/j un/17/stop-and-search-police and Asthana, A., T. Helm and T. McVeigh (2010). The Observer. London. April 4th.http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/j un/17/stop-and-search-police

18 Inequality/deprivation underlies and reflects most of British life Children subject to protection orders, per 10,000 (2008 orange, black) Sources: CABE report and forthcoming, Areas are local authorities ranked by same measure

19 Community green should still shock despite what we already know The inequality it reveals is high and unusually high even compared to prejudice as measured in schooling, crime, housing, jobs and health… Nowhere in the UK compares to São Paulo, Brazil … … but are we now as unequal as Los Angeles in the 1970s? Source: a face map by Eugene Turner, 1977

20 How does green space inequality compare to other inequalities? Thanks to Ben Hennig for map (equal population European topography)

21 Tokyo – looking very green

22 Tokyo – looking white

23 Tokyo – glass and green

24 Sheffield – looking very white

25 Sheffield – enjoying the snow

26 Sheffield – winter weather

27 Professor Danny Dorling University of Sheffield Keynote 6 th July 2010, 1 Kemble Street, London Launch of Report; Green Space and Race: the connections between health, ethnicity and inequality How does green space inequality compare to other inequalities?


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