If The World Were A Village Of 100 People

?? - posted on 08/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )





If you go to this link, there is a video underneath the "extra's" category in the left hand column that shows the whole If The World Were A Village video.

I've seen this played on TreeHouse a couple times and every single time I stop and listen and each time I'm amazed at the stats. I have loaded the link and I've copy and pasted a piece of some statistics I found else where;


In the world today, more than 6 billion people live.

If this world were shrunk to the size of a village of 100 people, what would it look like?

59 would be Asian

14 would be American (North, Central and South)

14 would be African

12 would be European

1 would be from the South Pacific

50 would be women, 50 would be men

30 would be children, 70 would be adults.

70 would be nonwhite, 30 would be white

90 would be heterosexual, 10 would be homosexual

33 would be Christians

21 would be Muslims

15 would be Hindus

6 would be Buddhists

5 would be Animists

6 would believe in other religions

14 would be without any religion or atheist.

15 would speak Chinese, Mandarin

7 English

6 Hindi

6 Spanish

5 Russian

4 Arabic

3 Bengali

3 Portuguese

The other would speak Indonesian, Japanese, German, French, or some other language.

In such a village with so many sorts of folks, it would be very important to learn to understand people different from yourself and to accept others as they are. Of the 100 people in this village:

20 are undernourished

1 is dying of starvation, while 15 are overweight.

Of the wealth in this village, 6 people own 59% (all of them from the United States), 74 people own 39%, and 20 people share the remaining 2%.

Of the energy of this village, 20 people consume 80%, and 80 people share the remaining 20%.

20 have no clean, safe water to drink.

56 have access to sanitation

15 adults are illiterate.

1 has an university degree.

7 have computers.

In one year, 1 person in the village will die, but in the same year, 2 babies will be born, so that at the year's end the number of villagers will be 101.

If you do not live in fear of death by bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups, then you are more fortunate than 20, who do.

If you can speak and act according to your faith and your conscience without harassment, imprisonment, torture or death, then you are more fortunate than 48, who can not.

If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet and spare change somewhere around the house, then you are among the richest 8.

What do you think of this?

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Tara - posted on 08/22/2010




So very accurate and I've used this scenario to teach my children about things like the global supply chain, food production, child rights etc.
It does make me sad but it is so very true. And the bottom line is that it all comes down to the almighty dollar. Even religious differences are often associated with power over territory, farm lands, etc. which again ends up being tracked back to money money money.

Rosie - posted on 08/22/2010




makes you appreciate how lucky you are, as well as humbling you immediately.

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Thats really interesting and as Loureen said very sad - it makes me appreciate living in the UK!

Brandy - posted on 08/21/2010




I remember watching this on treehouse... besides all the sad parts they left out. My 2 year old didn't seem to have any interest what-so-ever in it but I thought it was pretty interesting.

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