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You still think our future is bright? Here are some facts:

Half the world — nearly three billion people — live on less than two dollars a day.

The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.

Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.

1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).

80% of the world's forests are gone. 2000 trees a minute are cut down in the Amazon alone. That is 7 football fields a minute! The US has less than 4% of its forests left.

40% of our waterways are undrinkable. 75% of global fisheries have been fished beyond capacity.

100,000 synthetic chemicals are used in production today. Bromated Flame Retardants (BFR) neurotoxins (toxins to brain) are in computers, mattresses and pillows.

Food with highest level of contaminants is mother's milk.

200,000 people a day are moving to cities from environments that no longer support them.

Average person consumes twice as much as 50 years ago.

99% of all those things we buy are not in use after 6 months.

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