In the past 20 years, income per capita in the rich countries has increased by 30%. In the poorest countries, it has been steadily dropping.
In 1980, the wealth of the richest 5% of the world’s population was six times that of the poorest 5%; today, the wealth of the richest 5% is 200 times that of the poorest 5%. The three richest individuals in the world have more wealth than the poorest 650,000,000 combined.
1.6 billion people have no access to electricity. 2.4 billion people rely on wood fires for cooking. Yet the population of the developed countries wastes an estimated 9 billion gallons of petrol a year just sitting still in traffic jams.
Malnutrition affects 25% of all children, yet 30% of Australians and 34% of Americans are classified as obese.