In big news today at the Guardian, a map reveals that 70% of the world’s wilderness is in 5 countries. Australia, Brazil, Russia, USA & Canada. Leaving out China, this counts 5 of the top six biggest nations in the world, by area.
Do the math!
But the assumption here is that we should even this out somehow. Because it’s better when everything is even. This means setting up a program to destroy a bunch of wilderness in these 5 countries. (Apparently China can be used as a model of how to do this.) And then growing back a bunch of wilderness in all the other countries. Then everyone will have their fair share!
Or… We can first make all countries the same size. And then redistribute the wilderness and other resources, so that everyone is the same. The exact same! And probably we should make all countries perfectly round. Because corners are oppressive.
Yes, but is it news?
Hang on. Is this what’s considered news these days?
Hey, it has a numbers in the headline. (70%, and 5.) Sounds official!
Let’s freak out!
Or learn the lesson. This articles was the #1 trend on the Guardian website. That’s huge! Here’s the secret: One number in the headline can get you on the list. Two can take you over the top.