GEOGRAPHY: IT’S ALL AROUND US!
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers investigate both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. It also examines how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.
“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”
– Sir Michael Palin, English actor, comedian, writer and television presenter
“The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”
– Barack Obama (President, United Sates of America, 2009–2017)
“Our daily lives are interwoven with geography. Each of us lives in a unique place and in constant interaction with our surroundings. Geographic knowledge and skills are essential for us to understand the activities and patterns of our lives and the lives of others.”
– Gilbert M. Grosvenor, president and chairman, National Geographic Society (1980–2011)