Steppes In Figures #3

In this edition of the In Figures Series, Steppes in Sync  offers you a short overview of interesting global-scale facts and stats that deal with sustainability, transportation and.. humility.

According to David J. Rothkopf, author of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and The World They Are Making (publ. March 2008), the elite world’s superclass adds up to 6,000 people. Whereas 536,000 women a year die in childbirth, and 600 million girls are growing up in the developing world, says girlup.org (UN Foundation). Is the superclass doing enough for them?

Worldwide bottled water sales at between $50 and $100 billion each year, with the market expanding at the startling annual rate of 7 %. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. While Global North population (and those in the South who have means for that) enjoys the clean drinking water, only 46 % of people in Africa have access to it.

Another sustainability-related figure: 320 textbooks require, on average, one tree and produce about 10,000 pounds of CO2.

According to the Financial Times (Sept 20, 2011), Airbus’s new market forecast estimated that the number of passenger aircraft in the world would more than double from the current 15,000 to 31,400 by 2030.

The company estimated that 27,900 new passenger and freight aircraft worth 3,500 bn would be delivered to airlines over the next 20 years, partly because they would need to replace the less fuel-efficient parts of their fleets.

Plane Stupid, a UK-focused group of environmental protesters who state their aim as wanting to see an end to airport expansion for what it sees as “unnecessary and unsustainable” flights, came up with a cinema ad where they give their viewpoint on this exciting development of the world’s aviation capacities:

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