Now, think about these issues in a specifically geographic sense. The maps and photos below (access via the links) are intended to foster a discussion about your place in these important debates.
- Tim de Chant’s website "Per Square Mile" uses maps to help us think creatively about population pressures and resources around the world today. You are required to read the following page of his website (and are, of course, welcome to explore as much of it as you like): If the world's population lived in one city...
- Peter Menzel's photo journal "Hungry Planet Family Food Portraits"
Use these to think carefully about the causes of hunger, poverty, and resource scarcity.
- Are you surprised by the size of a city that could house the world's 7 billion people?
- What argument is de Chant making with these maps about the connection between lifestyle and scarcity?
- How do these maps and images, lead you to think differently about the causes and consequences of global population growth than you did previously?
- What city and/or country do you think is a model for a sustainable city/country in the future?