Bill Nye dispels poverty myths

“People perceive that the U.S. spends a lot on foreign aid.”
“That if the U.S. budget were a dollar, a quarter of it is spent on foreign aid.”
“That’s not true. It’s less than a penny. It’s 0.8% of the federal budget. You can’t even cut a coin small enough to represent how much money is spent on foreign aid. It’s not that much…”
“Now this idea that wars or natural disasters; tsunamis, earthquakes kill most of the people, that’s wrong. It pales, it’s dwarfed by the number of people killed by preventable diseases.”
“This (11%) represents the number of kids, 5 years old or younger, that die every year from non-communicable diseases; cancer, things you inherit.” “But ALL of this. Most of the circle is kids dying, 5 years old or younger, dying of communicable, preventable diseases.” “This is where we can change the world.”
“People think that we’ve been sending money to Africa for decades and nothing’s improved. Things are as bad as they ever were. Well that’s a MYTH, when you can show statistically that child mortality has gone down over the last couple of decades by a factor of 2. Been cut in half. Those are the data.” “We have a real opportunity to leave the world better than we found it, to dispel these myths and move on to improve the quality of life everywhere. So let’s prevent the diseases. Let’s address a preventable disaster.” Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL4zoo8xijc Note: I do not wish to start arguments among the imgur community by sharing this information. Just want to spread awareness.