What is the impact of geography on social, political and economic factors?

September 9, 2015

One big conversation that spans this course is informed by the following essential understanding:

Humans and earth are in a fine balance together.

What is the earth? What systems are involved? When we discuss geography, we consider the five spheres, the cryosphere, the biosphere, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere and the atmosphere. We influence and are influenced by these spheres. As you think about this situation, consider how these spheres interact with each other, and then lead to the kinds of conflicts represented below.

Was Syrian Drowned Child a victim of climate change?

Syria’s Climate Conflict comic

ASSIGNMENT: I am not looking at a big research paper here. Just use what you know or have learned today about the conflict. Accepting that climate change played a part in the lead-in to the civil war, create a set of point form notes that examine how the drought impacted the political, social and economic situation in the region.

Globe and Mail article and video, “New climate change report…”

This seems a simple example – drought leads to mass migrations of people, poverty and conflict. Here is a look at how much more complex the situation is:

…”When one tugs at one thing….”

For further research on how climate has influenced civilizations in the past:

Five Conflicts and Collapses That May Have Been Spurred by Climate Change

Tasso Azevedo: Hopeful lessons

January 9, 2015

What are the important ideas in this talk? Discuss.

Oil Drilling in the Arctic – Take a position

January 7, 2015


We are going to watch the documentary, Being Caribou. In the mean time I want you to learn about the issues of drilling for oil in this sensitive biome.

Follow this link to an interactive piece on oil drilling in the Arctic. Read both sides.

Do the assignment, Drilling in the Artic. It is a strangely structured article, so you will have to bounce around a little to find what you need. I have included the text for you with the assignment, if that helps.

On the blog, take a position on drilling for oil in the Arctic. Support your position with specific facts. Discuss why it is a controversial issue. Explain why you take the position you take.

Bear 71

December 10, 2014

Kayapo Courage

December 10, 2014

Read the article from the January 2014 issue of National Geographic . Visit the website, where you will find the article online and you can also see the incredible portrait gallery provided there.

Complete the assignment handed out in class.

Comment on the topic

Burnaby Mountain Arrests

November 26, 2014

Visit the project website and watch the video that explains the project: Transmountain Pipeline

 

 

 

Radio Clip: Kinder Morgan President

Read the article here: Kinder Morgan’s survey shows Burnaby mountain stable enough for pipeline

Find out why Kinder Morgan is drilling the bore holes? (What is the plan?)

What is the purpose of the pipeline expansion?

Read the articles here and list the key reasons groups and individuals give in opposition to the project:

Kinder Morgan Burnaby work site arrests now include 84-year-old librarian

David Suzuki’s grandson’s speech after his arrest for protesting Kind Morgan

Letter to the Editor from Burnaby’s Mayor

Finally, respond to the information you have learned.

Remember to consider the topics using high leverage thinking:

  • Observe closely and describe what’s there
  • Wonder and ask questions
  • Build explanations and interpretations
  • Reason with evidence
  • Uncover complexities and go below the surface of things
  • Make connections
  • Consider different viewpoints and perspectives
  • Capture the heart and form conclusions

Take a vigorous, human interest in what is being conveyed.

 

Strange Days on Planet Earth

November 26, 2014

Watch the videos on the Strange Days Episodes page. Pick one to write about. Remember to consider the topics using high leverage thinking:

  • Observe closely and describe what’s there
  • Wonder and ask questions
  • Build explanations and interpretations
  • Reason with evidence
  • Uncover complexities and go below the surface of things
  • Make connections
  • Consider different viewpoints and perspectives
  • Capture the heart and form conclusions

Take a vigorous, human interest in what is being conveyed.

BC Hydro

November 20, 2014

BC Hydro Recreation Areas link

Complete the Hydro Electricity in BC Map assignment and Map of BC Waterways as you explore hydroelectricity in BC. Then carry on to learn about a local area hydro project and its ongoing issues:

Kenney Dam Information

Cheslatta wants to reroute resevoire to save burial grounds

Some pictures and images of the Nechako River Legacy solution

Globe and Mail article

On the blog, comment about some aspect of what you have learned about Hydro Energy in BC.

Energy – Getting into the topic

November 6, 2014

Today, I want you to spend some time on this National Geographic website.

A. First – Take at least seven quizzes on the Quizzes page.

For each quiz, record an answer you got badly wrong.

B. Next, read, Blocked on the Keystone XL, the Oil-sands Industry Looks East

Carefully examine the map and read the article. Describe the four pipelines being proposed, and list a few objections to each.

C. Look at the Interactive Map: Four Ways to Look at Global Carbon Footprints

Observe closely and describe what is there – what are some important points to understand with this graphic?

Finally, comment on the blog about some aspect of your learning today.

13+ Things You Didn’t Know

October 22, 2014

Energy facts from Canadian Geographic. Read up on energy in Canada. Complete the assignment handed out in class. Here are digital copies if you want them:

13 Things Energy blanks

Put the answers on this: Answers List Blanks

When you have completed this assignment you should have a pretty good idea of where Canada stands. Your blog assignment is to comment on some aspect of what you learned. Remember that when you are writing on the blog, go beyond what you see to what you think.

Use the blog post, Purpose of the blog to think about ways you can respond. Print off the Rubric for Formative Evaluation of Blog Comments. Look at it every time you go to write on the blog. Remember to write in Word, and then cut and paste into the comments section. Edit your work!

To recap, today’s blog:

Learn something new and post about it below.

Due: October 3o