Do you think every thing in the world is terrible? Don't worry - these things are on the way up.

Access to Water:
Between 1980 and today, global access to safe water sources has increased from 58% to 91%. Improving water sources worldwide is integral to reducing poverty and increasing food security.

Agricultural Output:
Our annual cereal yield has nearly tripled since 1960. By 2050, food production will have to double
to feed the world’s population.

Electricity Coverage:
Between 1994 and 2014, electricity coverage expanded from 75% to 85%. In the last decade, consumption
of renewable energy has soared by 209%.

Protected Nature Reserves:
In 1962, there were 9,214 protected nature reserves. Today, there are over 200,000. Still, less than 20% of the
world’s key biodiversity areas enjoy full protection.

Scientific Research:
Between 1665 and 2016, the number of scientific articles
published every year grew from 119 to 2,550,000. Today’s global scientific output
continues to double, on average, every 9 years.

Immunization From Disease:
Since 1980, the number of 1-year olds who receive at least one vaccination per year has risen from 22% to 88%. With only 22 cases in 2017, the world is now closer than ever to eradicating polio.

Global Literacy:
Since 1800, the world literacy rate has leaped from roughly 10% to 85%. Unfortunately, two thirds of the
world’s illiterate population are women.

Female Education:
The number of girls enrolled in primary school went up from 65% in 1970 to 90% in 2015. If all women had a secondary education, the number of child deaths each year would drop by 3 million.

Internet Access:
In 1995, only 0.4% of the world’s population had internet access. Today, roughly 54% of people are online. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, the number of internet users increased by 500 million.

People Living Under Democracy:
Since 1816, the amount of people living in a democracy has grown from 1% to roughly 50% of the world’s population. Of the world’s 195 nations, 49 are still not considered to be free countries.