Dr. Donella Meadows (1941-2001)
Dr. Donella (Dana) Meadows was a pioneering American environmental scientist, an advocate for the environment, a teacher and writer. She was born on March 13, 1941 in Elgin, Illinois. In 1990, she published "100 People: A World Portrait" to bring to the world's attention the "state of the world"in statistical form, based on the world census at that time. When asked if we have enough time to prevent a catastrophe, she would always say that we have exactly enough time - starting now. Dr. Meadows passed away on February 20, 2001 (age 59) in Hartland Four Corners, New Hampshire from bacterial meningitis. However, her 100-People project continues on at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. The following most recent world statistics were published in 2006, and are calculatedbased on Year 2000 estimates of world population (nearly 7 billion) and projections. The report data will again be refinedafter the Year 2010 Census is completed.
If the World were 100 People:50 would be female, 50 would be male. 20 would be children, there would be 80 adults, 14 of whom would be 65 and older. There would be 61 Asians, 12 Europeans, 13 Africans and 14 people from the Western Hemisphere. There would be 31 Christians, 21 Muslims, 14 Hindus, 6 Buddhists, 12 people who practice other religions and 16 people who would not be aligned with a religion. 17 would speak a Chinese dialect, 8 would speak Hindustani, 8 would speak English, 7 would speak Spanish, 4 would speak Arabic, 4 would speak Russian and 52 would speak other languages. 82 would be able to read and write, 18 would not. 1 would have a college education. 1 would own a computer. 75 people would have some supply of food and a place to shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not. 1 would be dying of starvation, 17 would be undernourished and 15 would be overweight. 83 would have access to safe drinking water and 17 would have no clean, safe water to drink.