If we could shrink the earth’s population
to a village of precisely
100 people with all the existing ratios remaining the same
it would look something like the following –
There would be
14 would be from the Western Hemisphere
both north and south
and 8 would be Africans.
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian and 30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual.
6 people would possess 59% of the entire worlds
All 6 people would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
and 50 would suffer from malnutrition.
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth.
One (only one) would have a college education
and only 1 would own a computer.
When one considers our world
from such a compressed perspective,
the need for acceptance, understanding and education
becomes glaringly apparent.
These moving words appear on the wall in the
entrance hall of
The Eden Project in Cornwall, UK.