If the World Were 100 People…
When the global population reached 7 billion in 2011, 100people.org repeated pioneering American environmental scientist Donella Meadows’ (1941–2001) study conducted in 1990,56 modelling the characteristics of the world’s population on a 100-member group, and presenting the distribution of the world’s population by gender, age and cultural and ethnic attributes (Figure 21).
Figure 21 If the World Really Were 100 People…
Business Insider took an interesting approach to the same question: What if the world’s population was shrunk to 100 people?
- 50 would be female and 50 would be male, 26 would be children, 74 would be adults, only 8 of whom would be 65 and older.
- There would be 60 Asians, 15 Africans, 14 people from the Americas, and 11 Europeans.
- There would be 33 Christians, 22 Muslims, 14 Hindus, 7 Buddhists, 12 people who practice other religions and 12 people who would not be aligned with a religion.
- Out of 100, 48 would subsist on less than 2 dollars a day, while one in two children would live in poverty.
- 77 people would have a home, but 23 would be homeless.
- Only 7 people would have a college degree.
- 22 would own or share a computer.
- 77 would use a mobile telephone.
- 30 would be active Internet users.