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Infographic: The World As 100 People

[Infographic Monday]

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
–Anne Frank

Jack Hagley is so talented. I wish I could hire his fingers. He’s a London-based graphic designer who specializes in infographics. Here’s his latest one, The World As 100 People. The only thing they didn’t include was how many different generations there would be represented among those 100 folks and what the breakdown of individual members would be. If a generation is 20 years (debatable) and there are more than 450,000 over the age of 100 (according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau), then there are six generations present in the world today.

Thanks to Downton Abbey, I find myself thinking way more about generations than I already normally do. I think about how short our time is on earth. What happens to us when we die? What will future generations think of us and will it even matter? Mary Crawley is a fictional character; the invention of Julian Fellowes. But, I suppose she was real in one form or another. What was her lasting legacy? What will be mine? Anything at all? It seems like questions worth asking. Sometimes, I torture myself with thoughts of my son as an old man. What will his life be like? Will he be OK after I am gone and his hair starts to turn gray? 

Meanwhile, I’m busy sorting out summer camps and activities for my children…

If the World were 100 People:

50 would be female
50 would be male

26 would be children

There would be 74 adults,
8 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
60 Asians
15 Africans
14 people from the Americas
11 Europeans

33 Christians
22 Muslims
14 Hindus
7 Buddhists
12 people who practice other religions
12 people who would not be aligned with a religion

12 would speak Chinese
5 would speak Spanish
5 would speak English
3 would speak Arabic
3 would speak Hindi
3 would speak Bengali
3 would speak Portuguese
2 would speak Russian
2 would speak Japanese
62 would speak other languages

83 would be able to read and write;
17 would not
7 would have a college degree
22 would own or share a computer

77 people would have a place to shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 23 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
15 would be undernourished
21 would be overweight

87 would have access to safe drinking water
13 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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