Seeing the World as if there were only 100 of us...

This fascinating and neat infographic by Jack Hagley imagines the World as if there were only 100 people.

It throws up some intriguing issues. With 60 Asians and only 11 Europeans, the ongoing shift in influence away from Europe (and the West in general) is stark whilst the number of English speakers is clearly underplayed by only looking at those who speak it as a first language.

Just a hundred years ago Europe was on the brink of a war that would lead to global confrontation lasting nearly 80 years in one form or another of hot or cold conflict. European imperialism was nearing its height. As the USA turns to the Pacific, while China and Japan rattle swords and when North Korea restates a state of war with the South, it's difficult to imagine a world where Europeans will hold so much sway again. In the UK, the history curriculum is currently hotly debated. Perhaps our political masters would do well to look eastwards. Any child growing up without an understanding of the myriad of Asian culture, history and politics will be poorly prepared for the coming decades.

On the other hand, Europe's accumulated wealth, deeply embedded institutions and established universities and business corporations should see it continue to punch above its weight for a while longer.

The number of Christians is also surprising - but not more so than the small number of non-believers. Can we really be in an age of scientific enlightenment when so many claim a religion? Numbers of those practicing as oppose to merely claiming would be interesting.

21 people are obese while 17 are undernourished or starving - though at just 1 the number starving hides the fact that this actually means 70 million people. And 1.1 billion go to bed each night without having eaten enough. It's difficult not to be angry with political and global food systems that allow more than 1.5 billion to overeat while so many clearly suffer.

The 13 without adequate water resources and the 23 without proper shelter point to problems that will only get worse in a world of climate change and diminishing resources.

Most of us probably know a hundred people. I wonder if reducing the world to a circle of people we might meet helps to comprehend the daunting challenges we all face or whether it masks the complexity of the global community we have become.

Jack Hagley
Jack Hagley is a London based Graphic Designer specialising in Infographics

See also for the source of the data.

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