What Would our Current World Look Like if Condensed to 100 people?
The real problem is not population explosion, but what the population is doing.
– Radhanath Swami
With more than 7.8 billion people on the planet today, the world may have more than 10 billion people in the next 25 years. Even more amazing? The world could have way more by the end of the century — or it could start shrinking. As with many expert predictions, it all depends.
It’s pretty universally agreed that humanity’s numbers will continue to grow in the near term. What’s unclear is what will happen in the second half of the century. By some estimates there could be almost 14 billion people on planet earth by 2100. The good news is that most experts believe that in the second half of the century, the population will peak at just over 11 billion before it will actually decline. And instead of declining because of disease or massive natural disasters, the reasons for decline may be simply the high number of elderly people that pass because of age.
I read a very interesting take on the world population and how it can be condensed to population percentages that are maybe a little easier to wrap our minds around. I have not fact checked this but thought it was interesting food for thought. Hope you enjoy
The current population of Earth is around 7.8 Billion.
For most people, it is a large figure, that is all. However, someone has condensed the 7.8 billion in the world into 100 persons, and then into various percentage statistics.
The resulting analysis is relatively much easier to comprehend.
Out of 100:
11 are in Europe
5 are in North America
9 are in South America
15 are in Africa
60 are in Asia
49 live in the countryside
51 live in cities
12 speak Chinese
5 speak Spanish
5 speak English
3 speak Arabic
3 speak Hindi
3 speak Bengali
3 speak Portuguese
2 speak Russian
2 speak Japanese
62 speak their own language.
77 have their own houses.
23 have no place to live.
21 are over-nourished
63 can eat full meals.
15 are under-nourished
1 ate the last meal but did not make it to the next meal.
The daily cost of living for 48 is less than US$2.
87 have clean drinking water
13 either lack clean drinking water or have access to a water source that is polluted.
75 have mobile phones
25 do not.
30 have internet access
70 do not have conditions to go online.
7 received university education
93 did not attend college.
83 can read
17 are illiterate
33 are Christians
22 are Muslims
14 are Hindus
7 are Buddhists
12 are other religions
12 have no religious beliefs
26 live less than 14 years
66 died between 15 – 64 years of age
8 are over 65 years old
If you have your own home, eat full meals & drink clean water, have a mobile phone, can surf the internet, and have gone to college, YOU are in the miniscule privileged lot. (in the less than 7% category).
Amongst 100 persons in the world, only 8 can live or exceed the age of 65.
If you are over 65 years old, be content & grateful. Cherish life, grasp the moment. You did not leave this world before the age of 64 years like the 92 persons who have gone before you. You are already the blessed amongst mankind.
Take good care of your own health because nobody cares more than you yourself!
Cherish every remaining moment.
Hope you all have an AWESOME weekend!!!
Brian McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo
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