Friday, December 2, 2011

I have too many clothes. I want more everyday.
I buy expensive things sometimes.
I have more than I need.
I complain about being poor, when in reality, I don't know what it means to be poor.

Here is what it means to be poor:

80% of the world live off $10/day or less.
20% of the world (1.5 billion people) live off $1.25/day
22,000 children die each day due to poverty
1.4 million children die each year because they lack clean water and sanitation.

Consumption of Resources:
The richest 20% of the world consume more than 80% of the world's resources
The next 60% consume about 18% of the world's resources
The poorest 20% consume about 2%.

For basic education for everyone- 6 billion dollars
Safe water and sanitation for everyone- 9 billion dollars
Reproductive health for all women- 12 billion dollars
Basic nutrition and health for everyone- 13 billion dollars
Total cost= approx. 40 billion dollars

It would cost 40 billion dollars to solve the world's greatest problems and yet...

61.6 billion dollars is spent on US diets
69 billion dollars is spent on TV ads
148 billion dollars is pent on fast food

This overwhelms me.