Today is blog action day, and blogs around the world are uniting to change the subject to that of poverty.
It doesn't take much to inspire us to reach out to fellow humans when they're struggling, especially when that struggle is about their fundamental survival. As far as our great societies have developed, it is hard to believe that half of the world's population is still impoverished, struggling each day trying to find things that us in the other half can so easily take for granted. Things as essential as water, food, clothing, shelter and an education. It is a great privilege to allow our minds to wander off to places, to create beautiful things and let colors dance in our heads, but this is only possible because we are not faced with those, what might be considered 'primitive' problems of our own immediate survival.
"The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than US$ (PPP) 1 per day, and moderate poverty as less than $2 a day, estimating that "in 2001, 1.1 billion people had consumption levels below $1 a day and 2.7 billion lived on less than $2 a day."
Are things getting better? Life expectancy has greatly increased. Child mortality has decreased in every developing region of the world. The proportion of the world's population living in countries where per-capita food supplies are less than 2,200 calories (9,200 kilojoules) per day decreased from 56% in the mid-1960s to below 10% by the 1990s, and so on... Yet "More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening." "The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income." "Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names."
Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific.
Poverty is not hidden, it is not silent, it is in front of us in every corner of the world from the streets of Detroit to the fields of Sudan, and we should try to be aware of the world around us and to keep the perspectives of others in mind as we go about sharing our lives with everyone and everything around us.
So, today we continue the discussion where the necessary ideas and inspiration will arise to one day end poverty... it is not hopeless, it is not waste. It is a war worth fighting, one that the victory can be shared universally.
The Gini coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion most prominently used as a measure of inequality of income distribution or inequality of wealth distribution.
Cycle of Poverty: Poverty is continued as a result of people trapped in an array of social situations including: low income, poor education, poor housing, or poor health. These disadvantages collectively work in a circular process making it virtually impossible for individuals to break the cycle. This occurs when impoverished people do not have the resources necessary to get out of poverty, such as financial capital, education, or connections. In other words, poverty-stricken individuals experience disadvantages as a result of their poverty, which in turn increases their poverty. This would mean that the poor remain poor throughout their lives.
Those living in poverty suffer lower life expectancy. Every year nearly 11 million children living in poverty die before their fifth birthday.
Poverty in the CL library
Statistics quoted from the links listed below and Wikipedia
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