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article imageWhat Would Happen if Earth Became a Village of 100 People?

By Chris V. Thangham     Dec 9, 2007 in Environment
Imagine if you could turn the current world’s population to a community of 100 people and see how resources were distributed among them. This forms the basis for the Miniature Earth Project and a new video highlights that data.
The data was originally published on May 29, 1990 under the title “State of the Village Report” written by Donella Meadows, who died in February 2000. The Sustainability Institute, through Donella’s foundation, is now carrying forward her ideas and projects.
The text shown in the video above is based on Donella’s, but has been modified to include the latest statistical data. The data has been gathered from many publications, including UN, PRB and others by The Miniature Earth website.
Here is some data from the video which will make us wonder about the current state of affairs in this world:
* The sex of the population is distributed evenly: 50 Women and 50 Men. But that ratio is getting affected by countries like China and India, who prefer more male babies than females, leading to infanticide.
* 47 live in urban areas, but for agriculture, we need more rural areas which are declining rapidly. Some people convert food products to biofuels so we may have problems providing enough food to feed people in the future.
* 9 out of 100 are disabled.
* 33 are Christian, 18 are Muslim, 14 are Hindus, 16 are Atheists, 6 are Buddhists and 13 practice other religions.
* 43 out of 100 live without proper sanitation, which leads to many deaths, and 18 have no proper water sanitation
* 14 can’t read and 7 have second-grade education.
* 12 have a computer and only 3 have an internet connection.
* Total spending on defense is $1.12 trillion, but only $100 billion on development aid.
* If you have a bed, fridge, closet and a roof over your head, you are richer than 75 per cent of the world. If you have a bank account you are richer than 35 per cent of the population.
* 18 people live on just $1.00 per day and 53 people live on just $2.00 per day (half the world’s population).
If you convert the above data into percentages, it will show similar numbers. I think the data is scary, and we should be thankful for what we have as well as work to alleviate these differences.
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