the global village

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  1. eots
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    the global village

    Imagine a tiny village of 100 people, where the demographics of the village mirror the demographics of the world’s 6 billion people.



    gender
    49 people are female
    51 people are male

    age
    half the people are over age 26
    half the people are under 26

    30 people are age 0-14
    63 people are age 15-64
    7 people are 65 and over

    religion
    34 people are Christians
    22 people are Muslim
    15 people are Hindu
    14 people are non-religious
    6 people are Buddhist
    4 people practice Chinese traditional religion
    5 people practice other faiths

    language
    14 people speak Mandarin
    6 speak Hindi
    6 speak Spanish
    6 speak English
    3 speak Bengali
    3 speak Portuguese
    3 speak Russian
    2 speak Japanese
    2 speak German
    the remaining 55 people speak 200 other languages

    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)

    food & water food
    18 people are overweight
    16 people are underfed
    66 people are at a healthy weight

    3 of the underfed children suffer from stunted growth
    3 of the overweight people have diabetes

    nutrition
    25 people have iron deficiency anemia
    12 people have iodine deficiency disorders
    3 people are vitamin A deficient

    water
    83 people have safe drinking water
    17 people don’t

    sanitation
    60 people have modern sanitation facilities
    40 people don’t
    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)

    health life cycle
    1 person will die this year
    2 women will give birth, one to a boy, and one to a girl
    this year's newborn boy will live to 65, and the girl will live to 69

    illness
    1 person has HIV
    3 people have diabetes

    abuse
    16 women and girls have been beaten or sexually abused in their lives
    33 haven’t been
    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)

    drugs alcohol
    Between them the 100 people each year consume:
    5,000 glasses of wine
    2,500 beers
    8,000 servings hard liquor
    10 people, mostly men, drink about half the alcohol
    90 people drink the other half

    tobacco
    Between them the 100 people each year consume:
    90,000 cigarettes

    20 people smoke tobacco (averaging 4,500 cigarettes per year each!)
    80 people are non-smokers

    12 kids are secondhand smokers

    drugs
    97 people don’t use drugs other than alcohol and tobacco
    2 people smoke pot
    1 person uses some other drug (probably speed, ecstasy, cocaine, or heroin)

    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)

    education & employment education
    1 person has a college education

    14 adults are illiterate
    56 adults are literate

    12 school age kids are in school
    2 school kids aren’t in school, one boy and one girl

    employment
    50 people are not members of the paid workforce (children, elderly people, full time parents, etc.)
    33 members of the workforce have steady jobs
    17 members of the workforce are unemployed or underemployed

    2 children under age 15 work full time, one doing farm work and the other in industry
    2 children work part time, both doing farm work

    1 woman is a teacher*
    0.5 men are soldiers*
    incarceration
    0.1 men are incarcerated

    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)
    *(no source info available -- lost track of my notes :-(

    information internet
    7 people had access to the Internet in 2000
    93 people didn’t

    11 people had access to the Internet in 2001
    89 people didn’t

    communications
    Between them the 100 people have:
    2 Internet hosts
    8 personal computers
    9 newspaper subscriptions
    17 phones lines
    25 television sets
    43 radios

    of the 17 phone lines:
    10 of them belong to just 15 people
    7 are shared by the other 85 people

    entertainment
    Between them, the 100 people will go out to the movies 210 times this year.*
    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)
    *(no source info available -- lost track of my notes :-(

    agriculture production
    The farms in the village produce, per capita per year:
    2.5 pounds of coffee
    30 gallons of milk
    60 pounds of soybeans
    670 pounds of grain (mostly wheat, corn, and rice)

    fertilizer
    50 pounds of fertilizer are used per capita per year

    farm animals
    Between them the 100 people keep over 400 farm animals:
    240 chickens
    15 ducks
    4 geese
    4 turkeys
    18 sheep
    15 pigs
    12 goats
    22 head of cattle
    3 buffalo
    78 rabbits
    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)

    energy fossil fuel
    Between them, the 100 people each year consume:
    55 metric tons of oil
    38 metric tons of natural gas (oil equivalent tons)
    34 metric tons of coal (oil equivalent tons)

    electricity
    Between them, the 100 people each year consume:
    5,700 watts of nuclear power
    300 watts of wind power
    5 watts of solar power

    73 people live in homes that have electricity
    27 people don't (22 of those 27 live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa)

    carbon dioxide
    Between them, the 100 people each year produce:
    104 metric tons of carbon emissions (in the form of 381 metric tons CO2)
    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)

    geography urban vs. rural
    47 people live in the city
    53 people live in the country

    refugees
    99 people live at home
    1 person is a refugee
    government
    55 people live in electoral democracies
    45 people don't

    continents
    12 people live in Europe
    13 people live in Africa
    14 people live in North and South America
    60 people live in Asia
    1 person lives in Oceania

    land area
    The 100 people live on:
    1 square mile of land
    2 square miles of ocean

    land type
    The land area the people live on is equal to 555 football fields. Of those 555 football fields there are:
    6 football fields of crops
    60 football fields arable land
    140 football fields of pasture
    180 football fields of woodland
    170 football fields of desert, tundra, and other wasteland
    (10 football fields of the 555 are irrigated)

    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)

    objects cars
    Between them the 100 people have:
    9 cars
    3 trucks and busses
    maybe about 30 bicycles (this is a rough guess)
    guns
    Between them the 100 people have:
    8 guns

    nuclear weapons
    The explosive power of the nuclear arsenal works out to 1,800 pounds of TNT equivalent per person.

    production
    Last year, the factories run by the 100 people produced:
    1 car
    2 bicycles
    1,200 pounds of aluminum (300 recycled, 900 made from ore)

    (for sources and notes, see the excel spreadsheet)

    unknowns housing
    73 people live in homes with electricity
    N in homes with central heating
    N in homes with flush toilets
    N in homes with refrigerators
    N in homes with washing machines
    N in homes with air conditioning
    80 people live in "substandard" housing*
    20 people are well housed*

    wealth
    6 people control 50% of the global wealth (all 6 are US citizens) *


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    Maybe you should do one about pollution... war, and political power...
     

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