50 Facts That Should Change the World by Jessica Williams

By Jessica Williams

In this re-creation of her bestseller, Jessica Williams assessments the temperature of our international and diagnoses a malaise with a few surprising indicators. Get the evidence but in addition the human facet of the tale at the world?s starvation, poverty, fabric and emotional deprivation; its human rights abuses and incredible wealth; the unstoppable upward thrust of consumerism, psychological sickness, the medication alternate, corruption, gun tradition, the abuse of the environment and extra. The analysis may well glance bleak, but there's desire, Williams argues, and it is right down to us to behave now to alter issues.

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7 Obviously, the world’s aid organisations make a priority of alleviating hunger. But they also acknowledge that obesity, and all its related health problems, is reaching a crisis point. Part of the solution seems to be getting better information out to areas where obesity levels are soaring. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) talks of the need to get food production experts (who decide how to grow more crops and where) in touch with nutritionists. The WHO is also striving to set down guidelines about what constitutes a good diet.

3 Women, and increasingly men, are queuing up to purchase what industry pioneer Charles Revson famously called ‘hope in a jar’. What exactly does the beauty industry sell? A cynic might say it pushes expensive containers filled with coloured, scented potions of dubious effectiveness. But there’s obviously a lot more to it than that. What are the forces at work that can make a grown woman delight in buying a brand new lipstick, when she has five others at home in exactly the same shade? Far more than what’s in the pretty glass jars, the beauty industry sells a potent mixture of self-esteem, empowerment and evolutionary advantage.

It made me so happy to draw a big line through that fact, thinking that maybe with this mushrooming of technology we might be making some serious progress in eroding the ‘digital divide’, the huge gaps that used to exist between the information-saturated rich world and the countries where you might face a year-long wait to have a telephone connected. There’s quite a long way to go yet, but the momentum is there. Another fact that’s missing from this edition is the one about the US spending about the same amount of money on pornography as it does on foreign aid.

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