GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

de Chant 2012 "Per Square Mile" and Peter Menzel 2005 "Hungry Planet"

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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.

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?