I really loathe math. If I had to be honest, I don’t care much for numbers. I am a writer. I care about words, not numbers. I care about the conceptual, not the measurable. One thing about numbers is that they always deliver a quick reaction. When we see a number, we don’t have to wonder. It creates a visceral response because we understand immediately what that number means. Sure I like to mull over abstract concepts, but sometimes I need data. I need Numbers. I want Proof.
As we prepare our “spirits” to rinse our slates clean for the new year, I want to leave you all with something. Some cold hard numbers for 2018. I love to think, and if you have arrived at my blog, you do too. Congratulations. But many things require too much interpretation, and often the meaning, and the emotion is lost or diluted. I want these realities that I am going to put forth to be undistilled. For that reason, I will present you with the facts, nothing but the facts. Hey, Happy New Year!
(Some data is gathered from multi-year studies or previous years. Many statistics for 2018 are not available until 2019).
10.9% of the world is living on less than $2 a day.
The world population increased more than 400% over the 20th century.
Life expectancy in 1900 was 47.3 years, and 78.6 years in 2017, a decline from 2014.
People in the United States are expected to live 18 years longer, on average, than those born in Sub- Saharan Africa.
Globally in 2016, over 63 million children were not attending school.
There are now an estimated 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth — an increase of 49% since 2000
In 2016, at least 560,000 people were killed violently. If current trends continue, the annual number of violent deaths is likely to increase to approximately 610,000 by 2030.
The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories.
Running the US prison system costs roughly $80 billion per year.
12 people die each day in a US prison.
Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year.
795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth.
Approximately 5 million people die every year because of poor-quality health care in low- and middle-income countries.
More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it.
55 percent of Americans regularly take a prescription medicine
More than 72,000 people died from all drug overdoses in 2017, 49,068 of those deaths due to opioids.
Every 2 minutes a child dies from a water-related disease.
200 million hours women and girls spend every day collecting water.
844 million people do not have simple access to clean water.
For every $1 invested, there is a projected $3-$34 economic development return.
About 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually.
In 2017, some 58,000 wildfires burned more than 9.2 million acres across the United States
More than 75% of Earth’s land areas are substantially degraded, undermining the well-being of 3.2 billion people, according to the world’s first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment. 95% of the Earth’s land areas could become degraded by 2050.
Wetlands have been hit hardest, with 87% lost globally in the last 300 years. Some 54% have been lost since 1900.
Nearly 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited or depleted. Humans are now fishing at least 55% of the world’s oceans — an area four times larger than the area occupied by humanity’s onshore agriculture.
If the current rate of deforestation continues, it will take less than 100 years to destroy all the rainforests on the earth. 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon forest.
Tropical rainforests which cover 6-7% of the earth’s surface, contain over half of all the plant and animal species in the world!
In October 2018, U.S. consumer debt rose 7.7 percent to $3.964 trillion.
A woman misses out on $430,480 over the course of a 40-year career. An African-American woman would lose $877,480, while a Latina woman would lose $1,007,080 over the same period of time.
For every $100 in white family wealth, black families hold just $5.04.
Between 1983 and 2013, the wealth of the median black household declined 75% (from $6,800 to $1,700), and the median Latino household declined 50 percent (from $4,000 to $2,000). At the same time, wealth for the median white household increased 14% from $102,000 to $116,800.
Foreign investors collectively will benefit more from the Trump-GOP tax law than the bottom 60% of tax payers.
Thanks for reading!