The Miniature Earth

Percentages rarely hit home—they're statistics, not real people. But what would the planet look like if we reduced the entire population of Earth into a small community of 100 people, while maintaining the same proportions we have today? (Well, besides appearing a lot more verdant and unravaged, anyway. And more inbred.)

Just think about it: Although 12 of you would own a PC, only three of that elite group would be hooked up with the necessary Internet connection to even read these words. This global village would have spent $1.2 trillion on military expenditures and only $100 billion on developmental aid. And if you have a bank account, you're one of the 30 wealthiest people in the world.

The text that originated with the brief flash movie that reimagines the planet was published in May 29, 1990, with the title "State of the Village Report," written by the late Donella Meadows. ::Miniature Earth

[via ::Clean Edge]

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