The richest 10% hold 85% of total global assets and the bottom half of humanity owns less than 1% of the wealth in the world. The three richest men in the world have more money than the poorest 48 countries.
Half the tropical forests in the world, the lungs of our ecosystem, are gone. By 2030, at the present rate of extraction or so-called harvest, only 10% will be left standing.
In 2009, 34 million people were added to the global unemployed, swelling those ranks to 239 million, the highest ever recorded.
Species extinction is taking place at a rate 1,000 times greater than before humans existed.
Every day, two million tons of sewage and industrial agricultural waste are discharged into the world’s water. That’s the equivalent of the volume of the entire human population of 6.8 billion people. The amount of waste water produced annually is about six times more water than exists in all the rivers of the world.
The global mining industry sucks up another 800 trillion liters which it also leaves behind as poison and fully one-third of global water withdrawals are now used to produce biofuels, enough water to feed the world.
We can fix this, but we have to act fast, tell hard facts, and fight like never before. We need all hands on deck. The arc of history bends toward justice, and I am so sure we can win this.