* IF THE WORLD WERE A VILLAGE *

PRESENT WORLD POPULATION:
7-BILLION PEOPLE

PRESENT U.S. POPULATION:
300+MILLION PEOPLE

IF THE WORLD WERE A VILLAGE OF 1,000 PEOPLE,
IT WOULD INCLUDE:

584 Asians, 124 Africans, 95 East & West Europeans,
84 Latin Americans, 55 Soviets (including Lithuanians,
Latvians, Estonians, & other national groups)
52 North Americans, and 6 Australians & New Zealanders.

THE PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGE
HAVE CONSIDERABLE DIFFICULTY
COMMUNICATING:

165 people speak Mandarin, 86 English, 83 Hindi/Urdu,
64 Spanish, 58 Russian, and 37 Arabic.
That list accounts for the native tongues of only half the villagers.
The other half speak
(in descending order of frequency)
Bengali, Portuguese, Indonesian, Japanese, German,
French, and 200 other languages.

IN THIS VILLAGE OF 1,000 THERE ARE:

329 Christians (among them 187 Catholics,
84 Protestants, & 31 Orthodox) 178 Moslems,
167 "non-religious", 132 Hindis, 60 Buddhists,
45 Atheists, 3 Jews, and 86 all other religions.

One-third (330) of the 1,000 people in the world village
are children and only 60 people are over the age of 65.
Half of all children are immunized against
preventable infectious diseases
such as Measles & Polio.

Just under half of the married women in the village
have access to, and use, modern contraceptives.

The first year 28 babies are born.
That same year 10 people die,
3 of them from lack of food, 1 from Cancer,
& 2 of the deaths are of babies
born within the year.
One person of the 1,000 is infected
with the HIV Virus; that person most likely
has not yet developed a full-blown case of AIDS.

With the 28 births and 10 deaths,
THE POPULATION OF THE VILLAGE
IN THE SECOND YEAR IS
1,018.

IN THIS 1,000 PERSON COMMUNITY,
200 people receive 75% of the income;
another 200 receive only 2% of the income.

Only 70 people of the 1,000 own an automobile
(although some of the 70 own more than one automobile.)

About one-third have access to clean, safe, drinking water.

Of the 670 adults in the village, half are illiterate.

The village has 6-acres of land per person;
6,000 acres in all, of which 700 acres are cropland,
1,400 acres pasture, 1,900 acres woodland,
and 2,000 acres desert, tundra, pavement,
and other wasteland.

The woodland is declining rapidly;
the wasteland is increasing.
The other land catagories are roughly stable.

The village allocates 83% of its fertilizer
to 40% of its cropland -
that owned by the richest and best-fed 270 people.
Excess fertilizer running off this land
causes pollution in lakes & wells.
The remaining 60% of the land,
with its 17% of the fertilizer,
produces 28% of the food grains & feeds
for 73% of the people.
The average grain-yield on that land is
one-third the harvest
achieved by the richer villagers.

IN THE VILLAGE OF 1,000 PEOPLE, THERE ARE:

5 soldiers, 7 teachers, 1 doctor,
and 3 refugees driven from home by war or drought.

The village has a total budget each year,
public & private, of over $3-Million:

$3,000 per person if it is distributed evenly
(which, we have already seen, it isn't.)

OF THE TOTAL $3-MILLION:

$181,000 goes to weapons & warfare,
$159,000 for education,
and $132,000 for health care.

The village has buried beneath it
enough explosive power in nuclear weapons
to blow itself to smithereens many times over.
These weapons are under the control of just
100 of the people. The other 900 people
are watching them with great anxiety,
wondering whether they can learn to get along together;
and if they do, whether they might set off
the weapons anyway through inattention
or technical bungling; and if they ever decide
to dismantle the weapons, where in the world village
they would dispose of the radioactive materials
of which the weapons are made.

- By Donatella H. Meadows -

* WARS *
- Their Deaths & Their Costs -

* U.S. CIVIL WAR *
- 1 Million People Killed - $20 Billion Spent -

* WORLD WAR I *
- 15 Million People Killed - $282 Million Spent -

* WORLD WAR II *
- 45 Million People Killed - $1.154 Trillion Spent -

* KOREAN WAR *
- 4.4 Million People Killed - $100+ Billion Spent -

* VIETNAM WAR *
- 3.5 Million People Killed - $150 Billion Spent -

* PERSIAN GULF WAR *
- 10,000 People Killed - $61.1-Billion Spent -

* IRAQ/AFGHAN WAR *
- Over 800,000 Men, Women, & Children Killed -
- 50,000+Maimed - $3-Trillion Spent -
- 6,400 Veterans Commit Suicide Every Year -

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