Today’s Crowdwish was ‘I wish for a braver and kinder world, where we can all look forward to a better tomorrow’ – from Ashley Craig (See below for more about her – very inspiring!)
Some encouraging facts – there’s actually a wealth of evidence that the world is a better place than it’s ever been.
- There are half as many poor people in the world as there were in 1990.
- In the last half century, China’s real income per person has gone up eightfold, India’s has quadrupled, and Brazil’s has almost quintupled.
- A baby born in 1960 had a 20% chance of dying before her 5th birthday. For a child born today, it’s under 5%.
- Globally, the number of deaths by tuberculosis has diminished by half and the number of deaths from measles has decreased by 70 percent. Even the number of deaths due to HIV and AIDS has dropped by 25 percent.
- Around 750 million fewer people live in extreme poverty (defined as $1.25 or less per day) than in 1981 – a decrease from 40% to 14%.
- The world is getting more and more peaceful; the number of deaths by civil wars or wars between countries per 100 thousand world citizens has decreased drastically in the past few decades, from almost 300 during World War II, to almost 30 during the Korean War, to less than 10 in the seventies and eighties. In the 21st century, it’s less than 1 death per 100 thousand.
- Homicides are in decline. In 2001, 557,000 people worldwide were killed. Seven years later that number was 289,000. And the decline continues, according to the United Nations.
- Between 1995 and 2011 there was a 20 percent decline in “observable gender inequalities,” according to the United Nations. IMF figures show a consistent decline in global income inequality between the sexes.
- Ten years ago, gay marriage didn’t exist in the United States; now 38 percent of Americans live in a state where marriage between gay men or lesbians is allowed.
- We have True Detective now.
The facts are clear; slowly but surely, the world is becoming a better place, it just doesn’t always feel that way; one of the consequences of the negativity bias in the media maybe. But the future depends on what you do today, and over in New Jersey, the person who made today’s wish is doing something brilliant.
Ashley Craig was the victim of bullying during her middle and high school years, but found the courage to stand up; not just for herself, but for others too.
In order for us to help Ashley fulfill her own wish of a ‘better and kinder world’ we asked if we could help her charity, or whether she would prefer a gift for herself. Unsurprisingly, she chose her charity and so we are helping to design and produce magnetic bumper stickers to spread the word about what she is trying to achieve. You can see them below; they will be produced and shipped to Ashley in the coming weeks.
And a special THANK YOU to all who have helped out with my Crowdwish that was actioned ( please visit http://www.gofundme.com/886ae8 to learn more) I appreciate anything you can do – re-blogging, passing it on and giving from your heart if possible.
Much love…. Fern 🙂