I saw an article some time before I got “absorbed” into the machinations of the Durban COP 17 negotiations. It detailed how over 100 MILION Chinese people had just been “classified” as “below the poverty line” WHEN CHINA RAISED THE POVERTY LINE THRESHOLD. It was RAISED to $1 per day FROM 50 cents per day. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/30/china-raises-rural-poverty-line
WHEN THE MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS WERE AGREED THE (then) POVERTY LINE WAS $1 p.d.
12 YEARS LATER THEY HAVE HAD A 25% PAY RISE !!!!! That obviously pleases the statasticians who send these figures up to the U.N. in GLOWING reports. The common (misguded) claim that “trickle down economics” has lifted “BILLIONS” out of poverty is RUBBISH.
WESTERN INDUSTRIALISED SOCIETY LAMENTS the destruction of the middle class through debt and we are witness to (what we consider) “poverty”, 10 million people in Spain having to exist on $130 a week. Social Security is a disappearing phenomena in America. It would be healthy to ANALYSE what poverty MEANS.
THE GLOBAL POPULATION is at 7 BILLION. We now add 1 BILLION every 12 YEARS
THE ISSUE OF “POVERTY” IS RELEVANT AS “WEALTH” is associated with good education leading to a certain level of ECONOMIC “PROSPERITY”. This is undisputed. What is disputed is the level of “POVERTY” which “really” exists.
This film is “an indicator” of progress towards the MDG’s