Monday, May 26, 2008

The Miniature Earth

My son, Chip, told me about a website that he found very interesting. When I visited it myself, I understood his interest. The Miniature Earth Project asks the question, "If we could turn the population of earth into a small community of 100 people and keep the same proportions that we have today, what would it look like?"

Also from the website, "The idea of reducing the world’s population to a community of only 100 people is very useful and important. It makes us easily understand the differences in the world.

There are many types of reports that use the Earth’s population reduced to 100 people, especially in the Internet. Ideas like this should be more often shared, especially nowadays when the world seems to be in need of dialogue and understanding among different cultures, in a way that it has never been before.
The text that originated this webmovie was published on May 29, 1990 with the title “State of the Village Report”, and it was written by Donella Meadows, who passed away in February 2000. Nowadays Sustainability Institute, through Donella’s Foundation, carries on her ideas and projects."

A visit to the website will be well worth your time. One of the facts I found most interesting was that out of 100 people, 9 would be disabled. That means almost 10% of the earth's population is disabled? If so, we the members and advocates of that community should have the power to make some major changes for the better.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. I'll have to check it out.