Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Random troubling facts

Despite everything we know, have achieved, and can do in our modern society, these are the problems we continue to face...

WEALTH DISTRIBUTION: "2% of the world's richest people own more than 50% of the world's wealth, while the poorest 50% of people own 1%. The income of the 225 richest people in the world is equal to that of the poorest 2.7 billion, 40% of the world."

(Seriously, if this isn't a good case for letting a little more socialism into our lives, what is?)

SLAVERY: "There are more slaves in the world now than at the highest point of the African slave trade. Estimates vary from 12.3 million to 27 million, with the majority being women in Asia."

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: "Violence against women by men continues to cause more casualties than wars do today."

MASS MIGRATION:"When humans used up natural resources in the past, they just migrated to new areas with more resources. This strategy will not work as well for the 40% of humanity who live in India and China, as their water and soil resources are depleted. By 2025, 1.8 billion people could be living in water-scarce areas desperate enough for mass migrations."

Source: The Institute for Global Ethics

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