Many of us consider our species, the human beings, as very intelligent, because we achieved a significant influence on the planet we live on. We subdued other living beings and we manipulate our planet as we see it fit. But how does the world status really look like if we have a look at some essential aspects of human life?
The fast majority of all human beings live in very harsh conditions and are struggling for survival: They 1. live in a conflict zone, 2. have been displaced, 3. lack safe drinking water, 4. face hunger, 5. breathe toxic air, 6. lack safe sanitation and/or 7. are vulnerable to climate change. While the struggle for survival affects mostly people in poorer countries, people in wealthier countries are struggling more with heavy 8. physical and 9. mental disorders.
The World Health Organization paints a bleak picture, with over 90% of children worldwide breathing polluted air detrimental to their health and development. This insidious exposure, particularly to PM2.5 – microscopic particles that infiltrate the lungs and bloodstream – disproportionately impacts children's delicate brains and evolving behavior.
Between 2 and 3 billion people, a staggering one-third of humanity, already experience water scarcity. This stark reality isn't some distant threat, but a lived experience for millions grappling with the daily scramble for a sip of clean water. But the report's chilling message is that this is just the first tremor in a coming earthquake.
Hypertension, often nicknamed the "silent killer," has silently crept into the ranks of the world's most pressing health concerns. With an estimated 1.28 billion adults aged 30-79 years living with this condition, its invisible grip extends across continents and cultures. This staggering number, representing roughly one in three adults, paints a worrying picture of a global health crisis demanding immediate attention.