A few sobering facts about population and greed.

Here’s a few sobering facts to think about when you wonder about the future.

Population :
When I was born there were 3.1 billion people on the planet. As I write this (in 2015) there are now nearly 7.3 billion and that number is accelerating. At what point do we start to run out of resources like food, water, fuel?

Money :
A million dollars: $1,000,000
A billion dollars: $1,000,000,000
A trillion dollars $1,000,000,000,000

According to wikipedia, the Forbes rich list (2014) numbers 1,645 billionaires :
Their total worth $6,400,000,000,000
Their average worth $3,890,577,508

Put into perspective:
The total world GDP is $75,000,000,000,000

These few wealthy individuals are worth nearly 10% of the planet.

Current world population 7,300,000,000

$6,400,000,000,000 / 7,300,000,000 = $876.71

They afford to can give every man, woman and child on the planet $730 and still be fabulously wealthy. Why that figure? Because most of the population of the planet actually live in (exploited) third world countries, earning barely $2 a day. That would be a year’s wage for then.

It’s entirely possible to end world poverty 4x over…

But they, and the upper tier of rich ultra elite that own and control at least 80% of the wealth, property – and power – on the planet can’t stop themselves from grasping at ever more and more, at any cost (to others).

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