Our World in Data
39% of potential human life and flourishing is lost due to poor health.
Many still live in extreme poverty.
Hunger is still a huge problem.
How to provide energy and avoid catastrophic climate change?
From this perspective not surprising that few are optimistic
The global average literacy rate in 1870 was 21%.
Years of schooling in 1870.In 1870 the literacy rate of the world was 21%.
Gender ratios for mean years of schooling, 1870 to 2010.
Public education expenditure as share of GDP, 1870 to 1993
Total government expenditure on education (% GDP), 2014.
Fewer illiterate people
We can see how the world will change when we compare the education of the old generation with the generation of the young generation.
The younger generation is much better educated.
Projection of the Total World Population by Level of Education, 1970 – 2100
Countries with higher educational attainment in the past are more likely to have democratic political regimes today
The link between education and health
Global inequality. This is the distribution in 1988. A clearly devided world.
Changing global inequality.
Declining extreme poverty
From this perspective it is surprising that few are optimistic
It is not only journalism – but also journalism – that is to blame.