By Jessica Williams
In this new version of her bestseller, Jessica Williams checks the temperature of our global and diagnoses a malaise with a few stunning indicators. Get the evidence but additionally the human aspect of the tale at the world?s starvation, poverty, fabric and emotional deprivation; its human rights abuses and unbelievable wealth; the unstoppable upward thrust of consumerism, psychological ailment, the medication exchange, corruption, gun tradition, the abuse of the environment and extra. The analysis may perhaps glance bleak, but there's wish, Williams argues, and it truly is all the way down to us to behave now to alter issues.
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Websites are springing up everywhere, for every conceivable issue. Tech-savvy activists are harnessing new technologies like podcasting and video-sharing websites to get their point across. This is true in developing countries, too: one woman told the BBC that she believes mobile phones have done as much for Kenyan democracy as a change in the government. So there’s a lot that has changed, but there’s still so much to be done. It’s still true that many of the facts in this book have at their core the issue of inequality.
Aids is the starkest reason for the lower life expectancies in the developing world, but there are many others. Infant mortality rates in many countries remain high. In Sierra Leone, 157 babies out of every thousand will die before their first birthday. 4 Access to clean water, nutrition and healthcare are crucial during pregnancy. In the West, those are a given – but that’s still not the case in many countries. Young children who don’t get enough food are far more likely to die from diseases like flu and diarrhoea, and around the world UNICEF estimates that 150 million children are malnourished.
So what’s behind this sudden surge in our life expectancy? Certainly, the massive social changes in the early 19th century contributed a great deal. The growth of industry meant a huge boom in urban centres, and whole suburbs had to be built to accommodate the streams of workers leaving behind a harsh rural existence for a new life in the city. Those already in the cities no longer needed to live in cramped conditions where diseases spread quickly. There was access to clean water and proper sanitation, facilities we take for granted today which had a remarkable impact on public health.