Here at Jacaranda we love Geography! Our passion for this subject is reflected in our popular Senior Geography, Geoactive and Geography Alive (Australian Curriculum and Victorian Curriculum) series, as well as our iconic print and digital atlases. But aside from our passion for Geography, we know that if man-kind hadn’t explored or inquired into the why of the world it would be a much different place than it is today.
To celebrate these pioneers and encourage the next generation of Geographers, here are our top seven reasons to study Geography. Share them with your students to spark curiosity and get them interested in delving more into this fascinating yet equally practical subject!
1. Geography helps us understand basic physical systems that affect everyday life: How water cycles and ocean currents work are all explained with Geography. These are important systems to monitor and predict in order to help lessen the impact of disasters. At the same time, these systems can be monitored for important resources to tap in to.
2. To learn the location of places and the physical and cultural characteristics of those places in order to function more effectively in our increasingly interdependent world: Given how global our modern marketplace is, it’s important to have an understanding of where countries and cultures are located relative to one another.
3. To understand the geography of past times and how geography has played important roles in the evolution of people, their ideas, places and environments: Geographical knowledge intersects with other subjects such as Biology and History and can help to gain a better understanding of the ‘big picture’ in these topics.
4. To understand the spatial organisation of society and see order in what often appears to be random scattering of people and places: Why do we live in the cities and places that we do? Studying Geography gives us a good idea of why towns and cities were established in certain locations and why some have flourished more than others.
5. To be able to make sensible judgements about matters involving relationships between the physical environment and society: Similarly to the last point, why don’t we live in certain locations? An understanding of Geography lets us know which locations aren’t ideal for development as well as how best to develop or expand cities and towns.
6. To appreciate Earth as the homeland of humankind and provide insight for wise management decisions about how the planet’s resources should be used: Earth’s resources are finite and need to be managed in a responsible way. Geography informs us of how to sustainably utilise the resources that are available as well as help to improve the status of those that are in danger of running out.
7. To understand global interdependence and to become a better global citizen: Lastly, Geography can help us to be more conscious-minded about the world around us. Being a better global citizen means understanding others better and knowing the limitations of the Earth, both of which work toward making our planet a more liveable one.