30 October 2008

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"Above are anual costs of various global programs for solving the major human and social needs and environmental problems facing humanity.  Each program area represents worldwide spending in 2000 by goverments and or public sector to accomplish that particular goal or task. In 2000, the combined cost of humanitarian, social and environmental spending was approximately 30% of the world's total anual military expenditures.  Current data suggests that by 2006, the ratio of "humanitarian" spending will only be 22% compared to 78% for military spending globally"

Today the world spends over $1 trillion on military needs.  The red section on the graph represents the amount of money spent in 2000, and the rest represents the money needed to combat various humanitarian, health, social, and environmental problems.