Global Village:
A Summary of the World

If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people. With all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this:

  • There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South) and 8 Africans.
  • 51 would be female; 49 would be male.
  • 70 would be non-white; 30 white.
  • 70 would be non-Christian; 30 Christian.
  • 50% of the entire world's wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people and all 6 would be citizens of the United States.
  • 80 would live in substandard housing.
  • 70 would be unable to read.
  • 50 would suffer from malnutrition.
  • 1 would be near death, 1 would be near birth.
  • Only 1 would have a college education.
  • No one would own a computer.

The above numbers are simplified from an original article that is much longer, written by Donella H. Meadows in 1990, former professor at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. You can read more about her and see the original article at: David Taub's website

page updated October 19, 2007

The U.N. has figured out that $16 trillion worth of women's work -- in the home, in the family fields, in child care -- is unpaid and undervalued when computing global economic statistics.

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