Schools from Canada join the quest to find 100 people to represent our world

Scientists say that we will welcome our 7th billionth person into the world sometime this year, and by 2045 the UN is predicting that our population could reach a whopping 9 billion!

How does this ever-expanding world look? Who are we?  And, most importantly .. what can we learn from each other?  What if we could find 100 people to represent the other 6.7 billion of us? Inspired by the powerful statistics below, this question led to the foundation of the 100 People Foundation, which sets out to help students to better understand the issues facing our planet and our shared resources.

Schools from around the world, including Canada, are involved in this project, and students are asked to nominate people from their community who have inspired them. Nominations are flooding in from all corners of the world; from a gardener in the Philippines to a traditional healer in Niger.

The vision of the project is ‘to create documentary films, photography, and educational tools that facilitate face-to-face introductions among the people of the world in ways that cultivate respect, create dialogue, and inspire global citizenship’.

What if the world was 100 people …

50 would be female 50 would be male

20 would be children
There would be 80 adults,
14 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
61 Asians
12 Europeans
13 Africans
14 people from the Western Hemisphere

There would be:
31 Christians
21 Muslims
14 Hindus
6 Buddhists
12 people who practice other religions
16 people who would not be aligned with a religion

17 would speak a Chinese dialect
8 would speak Hindustani
8 would speak English
7 would speak Spanish
4 would speak Arabic
4 would speak Russian
52 would speak other languages

82 would be able to read and write; 18 would not

1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer

75 people would have some supply of food and a place to
shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
17 would be undernourished
15 would be overweight

83 would have access to safe drinking water
17 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

Inspirational project!  To get involved or find out more, check their website on

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About the Author: Katie Idle

I'm a business woman and a travel junkie! I have always had a passion for travel and for experiencing new cultures. Brought up in England, I traveled Europe in my teens and early 20s. I have lived and worked on 3 continents; Europe, Africa and North America. I have traveled extensively worldwide both for work and for fun - and still can't believe how much of the world there is still to see!

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