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"If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be nonwhite
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
1 would be near death; and 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education, and
1 would own a computer"
I remember seeing something like that before.
Now I looked it up (a.k.a. Googled) and found some sites with the same numbers.
Concidentally (not) the 1 computer gets shot down first.
This link (http://www.mysterra.org/webmag/coup-de-coeur_en.html ) seems to have a more believable list - at least on of the poor guys gets a computer this time.
OK, so here I go getting all serious on something that was supposed to be just cute (sorry guys 'n girls)[/BORING STUFF]
A similar, but not identical updated version of The Village:
The Sustainability Institute, created by Donella Meadows, which includes archives of her writing -- including, under the HOPE section, "An Endangered Species Can Be Fun" http://www.sustainer.org/dhm_archive...=vn133beetleed
Links to sustainable food and systems thinking as a method of solving the problem of creating a sustainable food supply... I LOVE the internet, and I love Google!
Two basic principles underlying systems thinking are:
1) that an adjustment to one part of a system is apt to have more than one effect, and
2) that anticipating those multiple impacts is helpful in understanding a system and choosing a course of action to affect it.
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