Why Geography?

Michael Palin in a recent article in the Guardian explained how ‘Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems’:

”So many of the world’s current issues – at a global scale and locally – boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them….It is a subject that helps young people into work. Many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying geography can provide and geography in higher education is thriving.” (Palin, 2011)

As a geography educator I’m biased, and of course I think everybody should study geography. But there are a multitude of reasons for why I think like this. I recently came across a video created by David Lambert, the Chief Executive of the Geographical Association (as well as many other things), which covers some of these reasons and highlights why people should study geography, and why it’s important that people engage in developing an understanding of the world around us.

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