Science and technology have advanced to the point of making new inroads into space exploration. Medical science has discovered stem technology that can regenerate tissue and treat disease. Gone are the days of wooden prosthetics where now we have robotic arms controlled by brain waves and thought. If that may be out of reach for the common man, advanced prosthetics are definitely not where people are not inhibited by loss of limbs anymore. But for all the advancements and progress of mankind, there are still areas in this world that man has a long way to go. We still strive to manage hunger, poverty, starvation, and disease. Facts like obesity as a leading cause of death is yet to be remedied with 1.5 billion obese people living on the planet. Take a look at 15 more screwed up facts that counter our claims of progress in the world today.
1. There are 1.5 million Orphans in the world
Yes. That’s right! According to UNICEF, (The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), there are 153 million orphans living in the world today, not counting those becoming so this very minute. Consider this fact that their number could well make up a country of their own with a population ranking of 9th in the world just ahead of Russia. Incidentally, by 2100, the world’s population is expected to be 11.2 billion.
2. The USA spends $ 200 billion a year on its correctional system
This incredible amount spent on operating penitentiaries and supplies for prisoners is more than the GDP (Gross domestic product) of 25 US states and 140 foreign countries in the world.
3. 35% of food rots and remains uneaten in the third world and developing countries
While people starve in under developing and developing countries, about 1.2 billion tons of food never reach their plates.UK Institutional of Mechanical Engineers published a report showing how because of outdated formalities like strict sell-by dates or buy one get one free promotion and demands for perfect food were hampering the distribution of food to people who really need it. Bad agricultural practices, bureaucracy and storing also contributed to the issue. Consider in a country like India as per a report in the Times of India on May 2nd 2016, 46,658 tons of food grain was allowed to rot in government-controlled godowns across the country over a period of three years. The amount could have fed 8, 00,000 people for a year.
The UN has estimated that 3 billion people are deprived because of such poor practices of food management. Even in countries like the UK, 30% of crops cannot be harvested because of not meeting retailer standards. Half of the food purchased in the US and European countries are thrown away by consumers.
4. 80% of people in the world survive on $10 a day
Poverty is rampant across the world. The PEW research center published a report which stated that 80% of the world’s population is poor and survives on just $10 a day. Although it also reported that global poverty rates have decreased by half, over the last decade, the number of poor is still an alarming one. Most of the world’s poor live in Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. Just 4% of people living on $10 a day come from North America and Europe.
5. Poor people donate more to charity than the Rich
Billionaires and celebrities having their now foundations and making billions in donations are just headline incidents and are not enough to establish that the rich donate a lot. When the poor donate, no one reports it but a Berkley study carried out by psychologist Paul Piff found that poor people donate more to charity than the rich. Studies have shown that rich people who earned almost $ 200,000 donated just 5% to charity in comparison to those earning $ 25,000 who donated 17% in the period of the last decade. The poor know what it means to be poor and are more sensitive to the needs of others.
6.1.3 billion People in the world don’t have electricity and lie in the dark
More than 600 million people in Sub Sahara and 300 million people in India live in the dark without electricity. India is the largest population in Asia where many do not have access to electricity but while the government has arranged renewable sources of power like solar energy, people in Sahara and Africa do not and continue to live in the dark. North Korea, Cambodia, and Burma are worse off with 70% of the population with no access to electricity.
1.3 billion People in the world don’t have electricity and lie in the dark.
7. In Africa, 93% of people have cell phones but only 1 in 3 people have proper drainage
Africa is home to 16.4% of the world’s population and counting. Many live in urban areas and don’t even have proper toilet facilities, sewage and drainage systems. Yet 93% of the population has access to a cellular service and possess cell phones even while a huge number suffers from starvation.