Oxfam, an international nonprofit organization, recently released a statistic that I thought was an exaggeration or a flat out manipulation of the true facts. Like every other fact that seems too unrealistic or unbelievable to accept, I decided to do some research. Here is the headline that set me off:
Oxfam: Combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of poorest 3.5 billion.
The first thing that I went looking for was their definition of “85 richest people.” Did they mean corporations, families, countries or governments? NO! They meant what they wrote. These people are individuals!
The next fact I looked into was the 3.5 billion poorest people. With the world population at or near the 7 billion mark, that would be roughly half of the world’s population. Once again, I found this to be an accurate statement.
Even more alarming to me was a buried statistic. This too, I found to be indisputable: 2,000 of the richest people have a combined wealth equal to that of 6 billion people.
I found both statements to be true and accurate, and my head is still spinning.
I had to find out if this extreme minority of people with most of the wealth were good, decent and caring people. Are they smarter, are they harder workers? No, they are not. They are in fact responsible for most of the environmental disasters, wars, famine, racism, bigotry and fear mongering. When shit goes sideways, these people profit…tremendously.
Having vented on greed and the glaring inequality of the human existence, I have to get into the population growth chart I posted above.
The Earth is a living organism. All organisms have a carrying capacity. That is the ability of an organism to sustain a population based on the quantity of life sustaining infrastructure available. When a balance is struck, this is called a sustainable carrying capacity.
We are destroying our infrastructure by polluting our air, land and water worldwide. What part of sustainability do we as humans not understand?
Most experts on the subject say that Mother Earth can comfortably sustain between 1-2 billion people. But I believe She could be content with many more people than that if, and only if, we as human beings were to treat her and each other with more compassion, love, understanding and charity. Just a little respect and foresight will go a long way toward sustainability.
The most caring, giving and loving people I have ever met, do not have shoes, a clean water source, proper sanitation or even basic life saving medicine. But they do have a few soccer balls, mosquito nets and discarded t-shirts from second place finishing millionaire athletes.
They are quick to smile, laugh and share what little they do have. They do no harm and are not a burden to Mother Earth. They are her very special children. They do not complain or ask for anything. The poorest 3.5 billion people on the Earth do far less damage to the environment than the richest 1%.
Please join me in helping our less privileged brothers and sisters in any way you can. Simply sending them love and light is free and rewarding. I send mine daily.Filed under: Countries / Civilizations
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