Environment Facts

Environment Facts

Poverty is a complex issue. It is more than a lack of material possessions ... it is a mindset. Oftentimes, this mindset is affected by the environment in which a child lives. Learn the facts about environment and how it contributes to a child's poverty. Understanding these environment facts will help you to be more effective as you join the fight against poverty.

A child's environment complicates many aspects of poverty including their health. This is evident when you learn environment facts such as the fact that the vast majority of malaria cases are related to environmental factors.

But poor health is not the only issue. The facts about environment show the complexity of poverty. From weather extremes like drought and flooding to lack of access to adequate sanitation to uncultivated land, the environmental issues are widespread and far-reaching.

Compassion aims to make sure the facts about environment are no longer a part of a child's poverty. Explore our ministry and you will discover that our sponsorship program is multi-faceted and holistic, addressing the environmental needs of sponsored children through a variety of ways. 

Environment Facts
Environment Facts Get the facts on the environment in developing countries and how it affects children and their families.
  • Over 96 percent of all disaster-related deaths worldwide in recent years have occurred in developing countries.
  • Women and children account for more than 75 percent of displaced people following natural disasters.
  • Drylands are characterized by low rainfall and high rates of evaporation. They occupy 41 percent of Earth’s land area and are home to more than 2 billion people.
  • Half of all people living in poverty live in drylands.
  • Growing desertification worldwide threatens to increase by millions the number of poor forced to seek new homes and livelihoods.
  • Since 2000, the world has witnessed over 35 major conflicts and some 2,500 natural disasters.
  • Children are more likely than adults to perish during natural disasters or succumb to malnutrition, injuries or disease in the aftermath.
  • Around 3 billion people cook and heat their homes using open fires and leaky stoves burning biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal.
  • Indoor air pollution is estimated to cause approximately 2 million premature deaths mostly in developing countries. Almost half of these deaths are due to pneumonia in children under 5 years of age.
  • Urban outdoor air pollution is estimated to cause 1.3 million deaths worldwide per year.
  • Diarrheal disease is a leading cause of child mortality and morbidity in the world, and mostly results from contaminated food and water sources. Worldwide, around 1 billion people lack access to improved water and 2.5 billion have no access to basic sanitation.