I spent over an hour going through my article collection and found nothing that seems worth sharing; I seem to have used up all the good stuff on this week’s Saturday Odd Bits, check them out, especially if you’re interested in Microsoft, and be sure to subscribe via RSS or EMAIL while you’re there.
Then I remembered one item I’ve been meaning to share with you and this particular weekend seems like an appropriate time to do it.
You may have seen it, since it’s been making the round of the Internet, but even so, I still want to share it with you.
It’s called If the World Were a Village of 100 People
If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:
- The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific
- 51 would be male, 49 would be female
- 82 would be non-white; 18 white
- 67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian
- 80 would live in substandard housing
- 67 would be unable to read
- 50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
- 33 would be without access to a safe water supply
- 39 would lack access to improved sanitation
- 24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)
- 7 people would have access to the Internet
- 1 would have a college education
- 1 would have HIV
- 2 would be near birth; 1 near death
- 5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens
- 33 would be receiving—and attempting to live on—only 3% of the income of “the village”
Most stats about global conditions involve large numbers and are wrapped up in scholarly or, worse yet, political language that makes your eyes glaze over.
Seeing it reduced to just 100 makes it easy to grasp the implications of what’s going on.
Think about them with an open mind sans ideology and share your thoughts.
It’s a discussion that needs to happen—everywhere.
Image credit: nono farahshila on flickr