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15 Un-Fun Facts About the World

9 February 2021

Just When You Thought You Know Everything That’s Wrong With the World. We Are Here With Some More Unfun Facts.

There’s a lot of sh*tty things happening in the world at the moment, and we’re in the thick of it. We’ve whittled down 15 of the most unfun things that are also the world problems we care about, add yours at the end!

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1

COVID

Let’s get the elephant out of the room Aluxers, Covid has fu*ked things up for most people. The ripple effect of the virus is endless, and we’d have to dedicate the entire article to highlight the damage.

  •         Unemployment

Just to highlight one statistic here – Unemployment rate remains historically high in the USA. It differs city to city, but take Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ for example, where the unemployment rate is 35% according to USAtoday, with many citing they’re too old to find a new job or switch careers.

  •         Recession
  •         Sky-rocketing prices on goods and services
  •         Mental problems
  •         Amplified poverty
  •         Death of loved ones
  •         Tourism is non-existent.
  •         Overcrowded healthcare facilities with no relief for staff
  •         Mistrust between friends.

There is plenty more, but you get the gist of it.

2

Poverty

As if extreme poverty wasn’t already one of the major world problems pre-Covid, can you imagine how bad it’s still going to get? It’s near impossible to gauge the exact repercussions of the virus until it’s over, but the World Bank speculates that a further 150 million people will experience extreme poverty in 2021.

Since 1990, a billion people have left their extreme poverty behind. So, Aluxers, there is always hope. Education, health care and food, are all needed to ensure people can get out of poverty. And until governments and politicians truly act on behalf of the people, this problem will sadly continue.

We delve much deeper into these kinds of topics on our channel Aluxers, just be sure to subscribe when you’re done reading.

If you are also experiencing poverty and want a way to get out of it, check out 15 Steps to Force Your Way Out of Poverty.

3

Hunger

Poverty and hunger go hand-in-hand. As we mentioned in our video, Reasons Why Money Won’t Solve World-Hunger, “a lot of people go hungry because of the greed of those in power. Corrupt governments are part of the socio-economic problem that fuels malnutrition in developing countries.”

In the words of the late Jacques Diouf, “hunger is not an issue of charity, but an issue of justice.”

2 billion people go hungry every day. Fact.

It’s worse in Africa where more than half the population go hungry every day. Fact.

45% of children that die before they turn 5 is because they don’t get proper nutrition. Fact.

There are communities and individuals who are doing everything in their power to overcome this tragedy. They are looking at innovative ways to feed people, including climate-resistant crops, methods to combat drought and sharing ideas with community members.

4

Health

Forbes.com reported that two people have died from Covid every minute so far in 2021.

How does this relate to other world problems revolving around health?

Currently, 1 child dies every 20 seconds from a preventable disease due to lack of vaccines.  

7,000 people lose their fight against HIV, TB and malaria daily.

Aluxers, even something as common as a woman’s monthly period causes young girls to stay home from school, because they don’t have access to sanitary products. These absent days heavily affects their education.

There are projects that are continuously fighting the fight, but are they enough to eradicate these frightening statistics? Especially now that the world’s attention is away and solely on Covid.

5

Education

As we said earlier, something as common as a monthly period can negatively affect schoolgirls from impoverished communities from attending school, because they don’t have access to sanitary products.

You can see how poverty, health and education are all linked.

Dosomething.org shared some awful facts about education.

  •         11.07 million children in Sub-Saharan leave before completing primary school and it rises to 13.54 million in South and West Asia.
  •         Children from rural communities are twice as likely to not be in school than urban children.
  •         Women that don’t have full access to education are having more children, at an average of 2.5 over their lifetime, compared to educated women who are having an average of 1.7 children.
  •         2/3rds of illiterate people globally, are women.

Because women and children take the fall for being the most uneducated, they are the ones more exposed to our next unfun fact.

6

Gender-Based Violence

This is one of the world problems that has to do with genders. GBV takes many shapes and forms.

          Genital mutilation

          Human trafficking

          Child Marriage

          Rape

          Domestic violence

          Homicide

5,000 honour deaths happen every year.

35% of women worldwide are subject to domestic violence.

1 in 3 women have experienced sexual assault.

10 million children have been victims of child sexual exploitation.

38% of murdered women have been killed by their partners.

Aluxers, these statistics are tragic and don’t just happen to women. We know that. If you know or suspect that someone is being hurt, please report it. You never know, you could just be saving someone’s life.

7

Gender Equality

While we’re on the topic of gender, a seriously unfun fact is that over 2.7 billion women do not have the same choice of jobs as men do.

The Census Bureau from 2018 confirmed that women of all races earned 82 cents for every dollar that men of all races earned.

The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963. At this time, women working full-time were earning roughly 59-cents to every dollar that men were earning. And then still doing the housework, childrearing, cooking etc.

The country is now at a brink of spending decades for the pay gap to reach 82-cents per dollar that men were earning. It is an increase of less than a penny a year.

Like Malala Yousafzai once said, “I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

8

Plastic

Another of the unfun world problems is our struggle with plastic bags.

The Worldwatch Institute states that 100 billion plastic bags are used each year by the US alone, and a mere 0.6% of them are recycled. The rest land up, well everywhere. These packets kill millions of birds and mammals a year.

To make 100 billion bags, you need 12 million barrels of oil!

One home will use roughly 1,500 plastic bags a year. The bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, and then take around 500-years to degrade once they get to landfills.

Sadly, they don’t break down completely, but rather photo degrade. The packet becomes microplastic, and that continues to pollute the environment.

9

Pollution

We put plastic packets as a stand-alone because it’s one piece of pollution that we’re all guilty of and can all avoid by just bringing reusable shopping bags.

Pollution is a whole other category that is most definitely unfun.

There are so many different types of pollution:

          Air pollution both indoor and outdoor

          Water pollution

          Soil pollution

          Light pollution

          Noise pollution

          Thermal / heat pollution

          Radioactive pollution

According to dosomething.org, “Americans make up an estimated 5% of the world’s population. However, the US uses 25% of the world’s resources – burning up nearly 25% of the coal, 26% of the oil, and 27% of the world’s natural gas.”

We can no longer ignore the long-term effects of pollution. It permeates our lives in every way imaginable and it’s up to us do everything we can to reduce, reuse and recycle.

10

Natural Disasters

Aluxers, are you aware that since Covid hit, more than 100 natural disasters have occurred? Affecting more than 50-million people around the world? It is not quickly climbing the list of the most troublesome world problems.

The Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies released a report with their findings, confirming that while everyone’s attention is on Covid, communities have experienced catastrophic natural disasters.

The report was titled “World Disasters Report 2020: Come Heat or High Water,” and it showed that over the last 10-years, climate and weather-related disasters has affected 1.7 billion people.

The report does add that, “although global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions does not directly cause hurricanes or droughts, it is magnifying the risks and frequency of such events.”

11

Deforestation

Deforestation is the removal of standing forests usually with devastating consequences. This removal could be intentional or natural, and currently it’s happening extensively in the Amazon rainforest.

There are many factors behind deforestation, but farming is the main cause with 80% of forests destroyed for cattle ranching and logging.  

Deforestation means loss of natural habitat for animals and plants. The trees also provide shade for many animals and plants and regulates the temperature. When those trees are gone, there are huge changes to the temperatures which kills the wildlife.

Another effect of deforestation is soil erosion. Soil erosion is the displacement of the upper layer of soil, and trees help the land to retain that topsoil and water. When the topsoil depletes, farmers move onto the next patch of land, and the cycle perpetuates.

12

Domestic Terrorism

Aluxers, there are examples from so many countries, but we’ll just use the most recent spectacle that took place at the White House.

Trump supporter or Biden supporter, it doesn’t matter. The behaviour demonstrated on that day was an act of domestic terrorism.

Trump rioters stormed up the steps of the White House when the perimeter was breached and proceeded to break into the building. This kind of madness and mayhem has not been seen inside the capital in over 200-years!

Several people died during this protest.

Clashes and riots occur around the world. Mostly, they’re for good causes, like when hundreds were protesting in Chile demanding access to pensions. Or the clashes in Jakarta over Indonesia’s new labour law.

Politifact.com reported that there “were 2,974 terrorist attacks in the United States between January 1970 and March 2019.” And described all of these attacks as “domestic terrorism.”

But when it’s executed like it was at the White House, we’d have to say that’s really unfun.

13

Debt

Have you got any idea of what countries owe in debt?

$69 trillion in total! We’re not sure if that’s the heaviest of all the world problems, but it definitely is unfun to even talk about.

And guess what? The USA owes the lion’s share of cash.

The US government owes $21 trillion in government debt.  

Developing countries, despite not having as extreme debt as the US, are unable to repay loans putting them at an even greater disadvantage. This “unpayable debt” if used to physically help the people. Jubilee Debt Campaign recommends to write it off . However, if the lender was taking the loans for odious reasons, with awareness, then the lender needs to scrap that debt as they are responsible for their actions.

For example, South Africa loaned $22 billion to fuel the apartheid regime. They are still trying to recover from this.

As reported in the dailymaverick on 31 August 2020, an article by Ed Stoddard and Tim Cohen, “The budget deficit for the 2020/21 financial year is seen to be exceeding R760 billion, or 15.7% of gross domestic product (GDP). This compares to the R370.5 billion, or 6.8% of GDP, forecast in the February 2020 Budget – a more than doubling of a number that was already very worrying.”

And Aluxers, that’s just one country of many sitting with debt they can’t repay.

14

Racism

This is a global issue. It exists in every country around the world.

It’s an imbedded belief that a different race is inferior to your own. Prejudice, discrimination, ego, and power are all the driving factors behind it.

Many claim they’re not racist but execute subtle racial gestures like choosing not to sit next to a person of colour on a bus, clutching a purse tighter under an arm when a person of colour walks past or watching a person of colour suspiciously when they’re doing their shopping.

White people do not experience this.

And that’s just covert racism…

There’s direct racism and systemic racism and honestly, it’s not only unfun but a really f*cked up situation.

Dosomething.org provides some hard truths regarding racism. “On average, Black men in the US receive sentences that are 19.1% longer than those of white men convicted for the same crimes.”

“In New York City, 88% of police stops in 2018 involved Black and Latinx people, while 10% involved white people. (Of those stops, 70% were completely innocent.)”

And we can go on.

As Maya Angelou puts it, “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”

15

Corruption

Transparency International is a nongovernmental organization in Germany that releases a Corruption Perceptions Index. This index displays the misuse of power for individual benefit.

Here are the 10 countries that contribute to corruption related world problems:

Columbia, Mexico, Ghana, Myanmar, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Kenya, Bolivia and Russia.

Forbes mentions Transparency International in an article written in 2019, and quotes as saying:

“Most countries are failing to control corruption in a meaningful way and that is contributing to a crisis in governance.”

António Guterres, the UN secretary general, said that corruption costs around $2.6 trillion a year and that businesses and individual fork out roughly $1 trillion in brides yearly!

Can you just imagine how different things can be if that money was going in its right place?

Question:

Aluxers, what do you believe is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today? We’d love to hear from you.