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Our World Delivered A collection of New York Times photos on page three of its international section* and the Tiffany & Co. advertisements that share space on the same page * The NY Times moved its international page in the spring of 2008. The Tiffany & Co. advertisements remain on page three.
Collected by Bill Vitek Assisted by Zach Swank and Joel Hurd Music selected by Andrew Vitek Music: “Blown-Out Joy From Heaven's Mercied Hole,” Composed and Performed by Silver Mt. Zion Used by Permission
The following slide show is a glimpse of two worlds side by side. The first world is the “developed” world at its materialistic zenith; the other world, five billion people strong, is still struggling to meet its most basic needs.
A change of the worldview systems and “isms” that shape our lives and that run the world: materialism, capitalism, individualism, corporatism, globalism, scientism, and our technological fundamentalism.
There are currently 27 million slaves in the world, many of them children, and more than at any other time in human history.* In 1865 a slave cost $40,000 of today’s dollars. You can buy one today for $40.
http://www.povertymap.net/mapsgraphics/graphics/undernutrition_en.cfm The red zones on this map represent national or sub-national units where greater than 50% of children suffer from stunted growth. The blue zones on this map represent the number of stunted children in each national or sub-national unit greater than 5,000
Of the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3). In 2005, one out of three urban dwellers (approximately 1 billion people) was living in slum conditions. http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats
If we are unaware of these two worlds appearing side by side on a page in one of the world’s most influential media sources it is perhaps because we still believe that the political, economic and technological systems that provided the wealth on the right side of the page are still capable of providing similar wealth and prosperity to all the world’s people without exhausting Earth.
But if these systems are unable to deliver the promise of prosperity to the world’s population because that population is too large, the natural capital on which this wealth depends too small, and the social systems too corrupt, then the world represented on the right side of page is immoral, unjust, and unsustainable.
A 22 year old today has lived through a time in which 540 billion barrels of oil has been consumed. This translates to 437 trillion lbs of new CO 2 in the atmosphere.
http://wolf.readinglitho.co.uk/mainpages/consumption.html Global Oil Consumption Rate: 1965-2005
“ The United States in 2005, with 5% of world population, used about 22% of total energy, and G8 countries, with 12% of the world’s population consumed about 46% of the world’s energy. In contrast, the world’s poorest one quarter of humanity consumes less than 3% of the world’s total primary energy supply. Few other comparisons illuminate more starkly the existential chasm separating the two worlds.” Vaclav Smil
In January 2007 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday clock was moved two minutes closer to midnight, “reflecting global failures to solve the problems posed by nuclear weapons and the climate crisis.”