GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK
During the third week in November, Geography Awareness Week encourages us all to take more interest in our surroundings, how we impact them, and the impact our surroundings have on us.
Consider what it takes to get from point A to point B in the desert versus the same challenge in a well-mapped city. Even if we are familiar with an area, circumstances may change quickly. Having both navigation skills and basic geography knowledge makes a difference in all our lives.
But geography is more than places on a map or landscape to be studied. Geography includes the people who inhabit those places. How has the land shaped them? How have they adapted to the land?
Like most sciences, technology keeps advancing geography in fascinating ways. And with it, technology is advancing careers in geography. One area that is growing is geographic information systems or GIS.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GeographyAwarenessWeek #GeoWeek
Geography offers many opportunities for learning and exploration. Organizers offer events throughout the week to help you engage in Geography Awareness Week. These experiences range from hands-on classroom activities to webinars and virtual discussions. You can also participate by
- exploring geography careers.
- joining an online discussion group.
- sharing your experiences with geography.
- introducing others to new technologies.
- exploring new habitats.
- taking care of your environment.
Use #GeoWeek to share on social media.
GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK HISTORY
President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed Geography Awareness Week in 1987 to encourage broadened study of geography by everyone but especially the young.