Thursday, 8 April 2010

What is the world coming to?

I am so shocked at some of these figures:
83,136,465,247 is the amount of US dollars spent on illegal drugs. This number rises at least seven times a SECOND. This is disgraceful when 1,022,792,633 people are dangerously underweight due to malnutrition (Figure rises every 3 seconds) and 24,644 of these people have died today (17th March up to 8:45pm) through lack of food. Most of these deaths are in 3rd world countries.
This is awful to think that when people are starving in the world then so much has also been spent on illegal drugs. 1,091,183,879 tons of foods have been produced this year so why don’t we get an amount of it to where it is truly needed?
These depressing figures are worrying and the environment doesn’t escape either.
There are only 15,603 days left until the world runs out of oil. Oil is a fossil fuel and fossil fuels are non renewable. Gas has a slightly brighter future with 61,029 days left -but compared to the healthy 152,200 days until the end of coal - this is not a particularly good figure either.
And sometimes it's too much to ask to be healthy...
This year 1,579,868 deaths have been caused by cancer :(
This affects almost every persons family that I've spoken to.
In the third world this year 131,119 mothers to be die in labour and double this figure abort because of the risk. There have been 2,294,652 deaths in children under five. Luckily the UK has good child mortality rates but some countries aren't as lucky. The Millennium Development goals fit round some of these issues very well.
  • Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
  • Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
  • Goal 5: Improve maternal health
  • Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

We have 90 Years to achieve all this! Shouldn't we get started? Please comment on any of these issues . . .
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