Planet Earth in one village

The earth in micro form
Planet Earth in miniature (Photo by Dimitri Scripnic)

“If we could shrink the Earth to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, there would be:
– 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 8 Africans and 14 from North and South America.
– 52 would be female and 48 male.
– 70 would be non-Christian and 30 Christian.
– 70 would be non-white and 30 white.
– 6 would possess 59% of the world’s wealth and would be from North America.
– 80 would live in substandard housing.
– 70 would be unable to read.
– 50 would suffer from malnutrition.
– 1 would have a college education.
– 1 would own a computer.

…If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world…if you have money in the bank, in your wallet and some spare change lying around, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.”

An excerpt from The Holistic Manifesto by William Bloom

With thanks to Alan McSmith for drawing my attention to it on his blog



  1. Susan Handy avatar
    Susan Handy

    Very sobering