Barnbrook Design has compiled close to 200 pages of shocking global facts that cover these important issues: trade, environment, health, population, human rights, arms trade, war and illicit drugs. As I read through this book, one thing became quite clear. The world’s priorities are seriously screwed up and at this pace we’re potentially all doomed. Between runaway global spending on the wrong issues to the massive population explosion to deforestation and global warming, we need to make REAL CHANGE happen or our civilization is truly going to end as we know it. The facts were gathered from the world’s most authoritative sources and a glossary is contained in the back.
The book questions global politics and highlights the inequalities and iniquities of rampant globalization.
How is it that the developed world spends billions on weaponry, while the poor of the world have no access to education, medicines or clean water?
Here are just some of the facts from this alarming book:
Chapter One, Trade: The richest 2% own more than 1/2 of all global assets. The financial crisis that started in 2008, slowed trade and halted investment throughout the world. The poorest countries were hit the hardest with 50 million sent into extreme poverty.
Chapter Two, Environment: 25% of greenhouse gases are caused by deforestation. Why are we cutting down so many trees? So we can clear the way and raise more cattle for the growing need for meat and the population that’s out of control. Because of global warming, glaciers are melting which will threaten water supplies to millions. Between 40-60 million more people will be exposed to malaria in Africa alone.
Chapter Three, Health: Tobacco is the most preventable cause of death, but still kills more people than tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. **Starred Fact**: The US pharmaceutical industry spends 24.4% on promotion and just 13.4% on research and development.
Chapter Four, Population: Our little blue planet has 6.8 billion people living on it and 5 billion have been added since 1900. 5.6 billion of them live in less developed regions. Tokyo is the most populous and Africa’s Kiberia has the largest slum and houses around 1 million.
Chapter Five, Human Rights: 8.75 million people are held in prisons throughout the world. Two-thirds of the world’s 785 million illiterate adults are women.
Chapter Six, Arms Trade: Between 1998 and 2007 military spending increased by 45%. There are between 50 & 70 million AK-47 assault rifles around the world and in parts of Africa, a rifle can be bought for as little as $30.
Chapter Seven, War: During WWI, civilian casualties were less than 5% and today that is 75%. It took just 100 days for an estimated 800,000 Rwandans to be killed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Between 1990 and 2007 negotiations led to the end of 59 conflicts around the world.
Chapter Eight, Illicit Drugs: **90% of the world’s opium is produced by Afghanistan, yet less than 2% of it is seized there.**
Barnbrook Design created an interesting, informative book, using original and innovative graphics, typography, and culturally relevant photography to help illustrate these serious issues. In paperback format on thick, glossy paper and having a cover with flaps, both the cover and interior were printed using mixed sources and the book is labeled FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
About Barnbrook Design: Barnbrook is one of the most well-known creative studios in Britain. Their team of designers specialize in producing innovative books, corporate identities, CD covers, custom fonts, websites and magazines. Their clients range from international museums to charitable organizations.
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