Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Blog Action Day: They've Committed No Crime

Somebody once said that affluence creates poverty. Our greedy over-consumption causes suffering amongst millions.

  • Around 30,000 children die EVERY DAY from hunger.

  • It would take just 1% of what the world spends on weapons to put EVERY child into school, but still 72 million children ARE NOT being educated.

  • Every SECOND child in the world is living in poverty.

  • ONE IN THREE children have NO adequate shelter.

  • EVERY YEAR the same number of children die worldwide as there are children in the UK.

  • ONE IN SIX families live in SLUM conditions.

  • TWENTY percent of the world’s population are responsible for more than SEVENTY FIVE percent of the total consumption.

Our crimes - their suffering.

Sharon J


This blogpost was written as a contribution to Blog Action Day. More than 9,000 bloggers worldwide have joined together to raise awareness of poverty and the issues related to it.


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Jade of the Jungle said...

OMG those are some shocking and upsetting statistics! Thanks for posting them, they're real eye-openers.

Social responsibility is so important. We all as intelligent human beings have to get better at taking a proper look at the world we've created.

J x

Anonymous said...

I was eating a custard tart as I read that. Now I feel guilty.

Crafty Green Poet said...

shocking statistics, even more shocking how little we've made progress since these issues were first highlighted...

Lizzie said...

Can you really beleive we live in the 21st century. Why are things not so much better already?

Anonymous said...

It is horrific isn't it? I happened on a post where a woman (in the US) said "I will not feel guilty about a child working 12 hour days in a factory in the 3rd world, it is their parents that should feel guilty not us Americans" she then went on to talk about how she won't feel guilty america creates 50% of the pollution because America is so giving in foreign aid and people are saved because of the US. I may need to try and point her in this direction. Although do people change?
Thanks for the good yet sad reminder. We can all do so much more.

Hope you are ok!

Sharon J said...

@ Jade. Intelligent but incredibly selfish, it would seem.

@ Anonymous. Well I guess if you do at least a little to make the world a better place for us all, your custard tart isn't too bad ;)

@ Crafty Green Poet. I agree. I'm sure there must be some progress but it seems it's very little when you think of what we could be doing.

@ Lizzie. Your guess is as good as mine.

@ Frugal Trenches. It's hard to believe that there are people out there who still have that kind of mentality but clearly there are or the world wouldn't be in this mess.

Debi said...

Horrifying statistics. An example of how a few words can paint an undeniable vivid picture.