90% of the world's wealth is owned by 10% of the world's wealthiest.
By contrast, the world's poorest 20% only own 1% of the same pool.
600 million children have to live on less than US$1 per day.
As a result, 150 million of these children are severely malnourished.
Every year 11 million of them die of malnourishment before the age of 5.
Almost all of these poor people are in the Southern hemisphere -
Sub-saharan Africa, South Asia and South America.
While the world's richest nations are splurging billions on luxury goods, such as tabacco and alcohol every year. Just 1/5 of the same yearly expenditure over the next 5 years will eradicate global poverty and hunger.
I'm not saying all this to drum up support for any charities; these are just facts I unearthed while reading up for my degree.
It has definitely given me a lot of food for thought, and left me wondering how to solve all these problems - when it's obvious that there is little I can do.
I also wonder if others like me have similarly given up hope of acting on this concern, simply due to its scale and the complexity of its resolution.
Do you care?