If the World Were a Village of 100 People


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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 61 Asians, 13 Africans, 12 Europeans, 9 Latin Americans, and 5 from the USA and Canada

50 would be male, 50 would be female

75 would be non-white; 25 white

67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian

80 would live in substandard housing

16 would be unable to read or write

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.)

8 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

48 would live on less than US$ 2 a day

20 would live on less than US$ 1 a day

 

No amount is too small to help some of those more unfortunate ones of our Global Village. 
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Disclaimer: This presentation is for the purpose of fostering understanding of the different cultures of our world. When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for cooperation, tolerance and understanding becomes glaringly apparent.

As to the accuracy of all statistics: With so many newly published reports resulting in constantly-changing and sometimes conflicting statistics, the purpose of the above presentation is for the general content and impact. We do not claim the statistics used are totally precise.



Footnotes on the above statistics:

The original version of the STATE OF THE VILLAGE REPORT by Donella H. Meadows was published in 1990 as "Who lives in the Global Village?", and was based on a village of 1000.

David Copeland, a surveyor and environmental activist, revised the report to reflect a village of 100, and distributed 50,000 copies of a Value Earth poster at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Further attempts to update the statistics were completed in 2011.

Sources: Research for many of the facts for this update was done by Donella H. Meadows’ think tank: the Sustainability Institute. (See www.odt.org/pop.htm for further details.)

The rest come from a variety of sources including David Smith’s children’s book: If the World Were a Village, the CIA World Factbook (age, birth, death, internet), 2001 World Development Indicators, World Bank (HIV), Adherents 2001 (religion) Bread for the World (malnourishment), United Nations Population Fund (food security) The Global Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000 Report (improved water, improved sanitation).