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    Doing the right things. What the world wants and how to get it.

    Gabel M; Frisch E

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, World Game Institute, 1991. 27, [4] p.

    Globally, there are 13-18 million starvation-related deaths per year; 800 million malnourished people in the world; 9 million children dying from preventable causes; 100 million people homeless; 1 billion illiterate adults; 130 million children not in school; 15 million refugees; 200 million tons of waste added to the air by human activities; 26,000 million tons of topsoil eroded from world croplands; 15 million acres of desert land formed annually by mismanagement; 28 million acres of rain forest destroyed each year; a 1.5 square mile hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica; and over 90,000 tons of known nuclear waste. According to a survey conducted over the last 20 years of over 40,000 people, the preferred state of the world would be for 100% of humanity to have on a sustainable basis: abundant supplies of food and clean water; adequate housing; comprehensive health care and sanitation facilities; abundant, clean, and safe supplies of energy; employment and vocational alternatives; literacy and access to education; access to communication and transportation; access to decision-making processes that affect their lives; a peaceful, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapon-free as well as crime and drug-free world; a clean, self-regenerating environment free from damaging practices; easy access to the information needed to produce the above; freedom of speech, press, and religion; absence of all forms of prejudice; respect of the diversity of all cultures and nations; strong social support for individuals, families, and communities; absence of all forms of degrading treatment or punishment; access to equality before an impartial tribunal; access to the right to perform public service in one's own country; access to rest and leisure; access by mothers and children to special care and assistance; and access to spiritual growth and fulfillment. The combined annual costs of solving the major human needs and environmental problems facing humanity would amount to approximately $250 billion, which is approximately 1/4 of the total annual world military expenditure.
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