- At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 per day.
- To put things into perspective, the top 20% of the world’s population accounts for three quarters of the world’s income.
- Half of the world’s population accounts for only 5% of the world’s income (that means that if the world only had $100, 3.5 billion people would have to split 5 of them).
- According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die every day due to poverty.
- Nearly one third of children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted.
- In 2012, about 70 million children of primary school age were not in school.
- Nearly a billion people celebrated the coming of the 21st century without being able to read a book or sign their name.
- Preventable diseases like malaria afflict nearly 500 million people every year.
- Africa alone accounts for roughly 1 million malaria deaths annually. Most of them are children.
- Speaking of children, there are 2.2 billion children in the world.
- Half of them live in extreme poverty.
- Over 1 billion people have inadequate access to water and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation. Many times this means no separation of drinking water and toilet water.
- That is why 1.8 million children die every year due to diarrhea.
- Approximately half of the world’s population now lives in cities and about one third of those in the cities live in slum conditions.
- In fact, slum growth is outpacing urban growth by a frighteningly large margin.
- One quarter of humanity lives without electricity.
- The 7 richest people in the world make more than the 41 poorest countries combined (roughly 567 million people).
- 0.14% of the world’s population owns over 80% of the world’s private financial wealth. The vast majority of that wealth has managed to avoid all income and estate taxes either by the country where it has been invested or where it comes from.
- For every $1 in aid that a developing country receives, over $25 is spent on debt repayment.
- The poorer the country, the more likely it is that the debt repayments are being extracted directly from the people who neither contracted the loans nor received any money.
- In 1998, $8 billion were spent on cosmetics in the United States, $11 billion on ice cream in the European Union, $17 billion on pet food in Europe and the U.S., $100 billion on alcohol in Europe, $400 billion on narcotics globally, and $780 billion on militaries around the world.
- In the same year, $6 billion were spent on achieving basic education for all, $9 billion on basic water and sanitation for all, and $13 billion on basic health and nutrition for all.
- If you’re reading this list then you are in the top 30% of people when it comes to poverty and wealth.
- With new technologies we now grow enough food to feed 10 billion people or 1.5 times the world’s population. The problem is that most of the world can’t afford to buy that food.
- If the world spent less than 1% of what it spends on weapons, all the previously mentioned issues would be fixed.