Gabriel Wong's Blog

June 13, 2009

Miniature Earth

Filed under: Current Affairs,Current Issues — gabrielwongau @ 1:18 pm

I went to World Vision’s Global Leadership Convention on Friday our Report Writing Day and they were telling us about wealth distribution. I tried to find a website where they got the statistics but instead I found this video watched by over 2 million people.

Here is the accompanied text/statistics.

If we could turn the population of the earth into a small community of 100 people, keeping the same proportions we have today, it would be something like this:

61 Asians
12 Europeans
08 North Americans
05 South America and the Caribbean
13 Africans
01 Oceania

50 women
50 men
47 lives in urban area
9 are disable

33 are Christian (Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Anglicans and other Christians)
18 are Muslims
14 are Hindus
16 are non-religious
6 are Buddhists
13 practice other religions

43 live without basic sanitation
18 live without an improved water source

6 people own 59% of the entire wealth of the community

13 are hungry or malnourished
14 can’t read
only 7 are educated at a secondary level
only 12 have a computer
only 3 have an internet connection

1 adult, aged 15-49, has HIV/AIDS.

The village spend more than US$1.12 trillion on military expenditures UN
and only US$ 100 billion on development aid
If you keep your food in a refrigerator
And your clothes in a closet
If you have a roof over your head
And have a bed to sleep in
You are richer than 75% of the entire world population.

If you have a bank account
You’re one of the 30 wealthiest people in the world.

18 struggle to live on US$ 1.00 per day or less…
53 struggle to live on US$ 2.00 per day or less.
Appreciate what you have
And do your best for a better world.

Appreciate what you have. Appreciate what you have. Repeated for added effect. In the General Achievement Test (GAT) we had to write a peruasive essay on material possessions. I wrote “Do we truly own our stuff, or does our stuff own us?” Do we really appreciative of what we have?

And do your best for a better world. Whatever your passionate about, do your best for the world. At the World Vision Global Leadership Convention the speaker told us whatever your passionate about, let your passion help the poor.

If your reading this, your one of the 3 in the 100 people on this miniature Earth. Lucky, eh? I’m just as lucky.

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