Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

We are rightfully focused on the US and our issues. Since many of the problems we face such as global warming and sustainable energy are global problems, I thought it would be interesting to look at our World. Meta people watching, if you will.

If the world was a village of 100 people, it would look like this:

60 would be Asian
15 would be African
14 would be from the Americas (4 from the US)
11 would be European

Due to rounding there are 37,384,613 from Oceania who are unrepresented.

26 of us would be younger than 14 years old
66 of us would be between 15 and 64 years old
8 of us would be older than 65
(2.4 babies are born every second)

32 would be Christian
22 would be Muslim
2 would be non-believers
44 would practice another faith.

Source: Pew Forum

Our village is producing slightly more than 2 bicycles for every car.

77 of the villagers have cell phones and 30 of us access the internet.

87 of us have clean water but only 60 have a sanitation system. (That’s about 1 billion people without safe drinking water.)

83 of us over the age of 15 can read. (1.2 billion cannot)

Half of our village lives in an urban setting.

48 of us live on less than $2/day. (That’s about 3.36 billion)

13 of us are undernourished but 22 of us are overweight.

I offer this as food for thought. We have income inequality within the US. There is also significant inequality between the developed world and everyone else.

Links for Geeks:

Population Reference Bureau
Pew Forum
CIA World Factbook

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