If The World Were Only 100 People The Statistics Are Mind-Boggling
Sasha Alonzo 8/4/2016
Imagine our global issues represented in a world with just 100 citizens.
The Brains Behind It All
In the early 90's, a Dartmouth Professor named Donella Meadows published State of the Village Report in which she reimagined the world as a village of 1000 people. Using socio-economic statistics she created a new perspective on global challenges.
The report was an attempt to break down the vastness and indifference of global challenges and encourage grassroots actions. That message has resonated over the years and inspired an even more discerning portrait of a world with just 100 people. What might such a world look like today? GOOD Magazine answered just that...
In this world of 100 people there are:
As such, Asians make up the majority and Europeans make up the minority.
Often the topic of great controversy, religion is reflected thusly amongst the 100 people:
The other 16 consider them unaffiliated with any major religion.
The languages spoken among these 100 people are reflective of the demographics with:
12 who speak Mandarin
6 who speak Spanish
5 who speak English
4 who speak Hindi
3 who speak Arabic
The rest of the 70 people - or 70% of the population - speak a total of 6500 other different language.
Fewer facts do a more compelling job of reflecting the disparity between the rich and the poor than the living wage. In the world with just 100 people the data seems even more stark. When it comes to dollars earned per day:
15 make $2 a day
56 make between $2-$10
13 make $10-$20
9 make $20-$50
6 $50-$90, and only
1 person makes over $90
These statistics also demonstrate the meaning behind the term "the 1%" as they control over 50% of the world's money.
Role of education in eradicating inequality and bringing economic development is undisputed. In the fictitious world of 100 people:
86 people can read and write
7 people attend college
These numbers clearly represent our real world strides made in basic global education and the huge gap in higher education for adults.
In this day and age it is hard to imagine life without a cell phone or the internet. So is the case for the 100 people where:
75 have mobile phones
44 have internet access
The lack of universal internet access reflect the technology gap we still need to be overcome since beside the obvious convenience of communication, the cell phone and internet together also mean access to education, business, and medical information in the developing world.
Health And Living Conditions
When it comes to health and how people life, of the 100 citizens:
21 are overweight
15 are malnourished
1 is starving
13 don't have clean water to drink
23 do not have shelter
Anything under a 100% in health and living conditions is bound to feel stark and depressing. However, these numbers are clearly doing what Donella Meadows intended - putting the problem in perspective by showing that the have is greater than the have-nots and that the efforts of various countries and organizations in battling these issues are slowly paying off.
This GOOD Magazine video will inspired you to make a difference.
It's A Small World After All
Imagining our world today with just 100 people is a challenge to our big-picture mentality and as such daunting and promising at the same time. It is encouraging to know that as of today we have made some strides in the right direction since Professor Meadows compiled this list over two decades ago.
However, the data is also a reminder of all the work that still remains to combat nutrition, shelter, technology, and education globally. The message sticks - We are more than just an infinite drop in a vast ocean but responsible citizens that can make a difference in our world.