At the dawn of the new millennium, over one billion people in the world were unable to read or write, or even sign their own name in any language. This rate of illiteracy can only be countered with educational programs but we are yet to see any such quality initiatives.
Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink! Nearly 1.2 billion people in the world do not have access to a regular and clean supply of water, a resource that is abundantly available on our planet.
Illusion Of Progress
It feels like the world has gone urban in the recent past, but the reality is quite different. Less than 50 percent of the world lives in towns and cities. The majority still live in tiny villages and are struggling to survive.
We have access to more products and services than ever before in the history of our civilization, but who is really using of all this? The top 20 percent of the world is responsible for nearly 80 percent of all consumption while the bottom 20 percent is responsible for less that 2 percent of total consumption.