my ears are ringing…

Americans spent more than $57 million on ring tones in 2003, up from $16 million in 2002… Most sounds cost between $1 and $2.50 per ring tone (Hamilton, 2003). As of 2008, the World Bank has estimated that there were an estimated 982 million poor people in developing countries who live on $1 a day or less (Worldbank.org).

I’m working on a paper on global poverty and huger and this is my introduction. This is a policy brief discussing past policies and current trends to reduce this worldwide problem. These stats make me sick. I’ve heard the $9 million stat on America’s consumption of ice cream to the $9 million that could feed every human on the planet, but as I researched, I wanted to bring it a little closer to home…
I think it’s time for us to reconsider our priorities. just maybe.

Hamilton, Anita (2003, December 29). Ring in the new year. Time Magazine. Retrieved on April 5, 2008 from http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1006551,00.html
Worldbank.org (2008). Understanding Poverty. Overview. Retrieved on April 5, 2008 from http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTPOVERTY/0,,contentMDK:20153855~menuPK:373757~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:336992,00.html
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4 thoughts on “my ears are ringing…

  1. @julie: you’re bountiful in resources, lady! Thanks luv!

    @brian: you couldn’t be more than on the mark w/ that one! America rewards brains like that w/ tax incentives all the while the rest of the world suffers. hmmm…we’re a bit imbalanced, don’t you think!

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