Tuesday, 25 March 2008

A small world

If the world were made up of 100 people:

  • 61 would be from Asia
  • 13 from Africa
  • 12 from Europe
  • 8 from North America
  • 5 from South America/Caribbean
  • 1 from Oceania

  • 42 would have no basic sanitation
  • 18 would have no improved water source

  • 6 people would own 59% of the community's wealth

  • 14 cannot read
  • 7 have reached secondary education
  • 12 have a computer
  • 3 have an internet connection

  • 18 struggle to manage on US $1 or less a day
  • 53 struggle to manage on US $2 a day

And if we saw, for instance, any of the 18 who were struggling to manage on $1 or less a day, would we not help?


Just a few of the figures from The Miniature Earth video which I found via Things I am Grateful For (a very interesting read, for which I am very grateful ;) ).

7 comments:

  1. Those are some very thought provoking numbers, and I'm a big fan of things that make people think. Great post.

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  2. that's interesting and sad statistics.

    i love your blog.

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  3. This is frightening stuff. That old cliche about the poor getting poorer does not seem to want to go away.

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  4. Thanks Jennifer Robin, they do indeed make you think.
    Marmelade, interesting and sad is right - and thank you.
    Arnold - very true, the gap never seems to close.
    Solomon - my pleasure :)

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  5. There's so much to do...thanks for the links and for making me stop to think about this...

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  6. That really brings it home.. food for thought there..

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