How Many People On Earth Live In Poverty and Why Was Poverty Common Before the Industrial Revolution?

Every day, 34,000 children under age five die from hunger or related causes.

That means one child dies every 2.5 seconds, every day.

About one out of every four people on Earth live in poorly built homes with poor sanitation and an irregular supply of electricity, if they have electricity at all.

Another 100 million people, one out of 60, have no housing at all.

One out of every three people lacks access to safe water and sanitation systems.

About 1.7 billion people on earth live in absolute poverty.

Before the industrial revolution, poverty had mostly been the norm and accepted as inevitable as economies were not as productive, making wealth scarce.

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