There is a major disconnect between the way the world operates and the way we perceive it to function. This growing disconnect has created greater troubles for the planet because we are clearly unaware of the scale and magnitude of our problems. There are several organizations around the world that are working hard to bridge the gap between ignorance and awareness, spending countless hours, manpower and resources to solve critical problems and provide the general public with vital insights about the condition of the world. Here is a list of 20 statistics compiled from trusted official sources that will shock you and make you worry about the state of our planet:
More than 80 percent of all human beings live on less than 10 dollars a day. Despite falling under this bracket, a lot of these people are not considered to be living under the poverty line.
Disparity Between Rich And Poor
While one percent of the world’s population controls over 45 percent of its wealth, the poorest 40 percent have access to only 5 percent of the total wealth. This disparity is becoming larger with each passing decade. Only two decades ago, the top one percent controlled only 20 percent of the wealth.
There were only 6 billion people on our planet during the turn of the century. This number has already moved past the 7 billion mark in the decade since. Our population growth rate is at an all time high. By 2050, we are expected to be nearing 9.6 billion.
Ignoring Our Children
This is probably the most horrifying statistic about our planet and should be one of our biggest concerns. Nearly 22,000 children die every day due to starvation. This means that three children would have passed away by the time you finished reading this paragraph.