Regular readers of this blog well know that I very often
refer to our existence on this planet as a "global village." Thinking of living
in a global village better illustrates the close, interdependent, and
interconnected nature of our existence. No matter what continent, state, or
corner or street we inhabit we all share the very same planet and resources.
In a similar way, the NGO called the "100 People Foundation"
seeks to help us all better understand the complex issues facing our global
village by breaking down the numbers from just over 7 billion to a simple 100
person village. By framing the picture
of our global village as a simple 100 people, they hope to make education about
global issues more engaging and effective.
Picture this complex world simply - the world as 100 people.
If the World were 100 PEOPLE:
50 would be female
50 would be male
26 would be children
There would be 74 adults,
8 of whom would be 65 and older
There would be:
14 people from the Americas
12 people who practice other religions
12 people who would not be aligned with a religion
12 would speak Chinese
5 would speak Spanish
5 would speak English
3 would speak Arabic
3 would speak Hindi
3 would speak Bengali
3 would speak Portuguese
2 would speak Russian
2 would speak Japanese
62 would speak other languages
83 would be able to read and write; 17 would not
7 would have a college degree
22 would own or share a computer
77 people would have a place to shelter them
from the wind and the rain, but 23 would not
1 would be dying of starvation
15 would be undernourished
21 would be overweight
87 would have access to safe drinking water
13 people would have no clean, safe water to drink
Does the picture of our global village as 100
people help your understanding of the global issues?
Might some issues be under-illustrated or perhaps
even exaggerated by the reduction to 100?