National Geography Week was established by National Geographic as a way to educate people about how the decisions that they make in every day life affect the world we live in. Geography can be best described as the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments – so it really does affect us all. You don’t have to be an activist, eco-warrior or as high profile as Greta Thunberg to become involved!
As Global citizens it is important that we are up to speed with current and future geographical issues, and are well informed to positively impact our surroundings.
With little education historically taking place about these matters, National Geographic identified huge gaps in Americans knowledge and therefore began this campaign to raise awareness, educate and most importantly inspire people to become better informed and active.
Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Every year more than 100,000 people participate in National Geography week and contribute to its events, games, classroom challenges. It is also a perfect time to engage with business leaders and policy makers in an attempt to positively influence decisions.
Currently a topic with huge media and political focus, this is a great opportunity to expand your own knowledge and share it with others within your community. Who knows…if we all took part, imagine the positive changes we could make on our world.