Geography Awareness Week was established more than 25 years ago, and is organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP). The theme in 2014 is “The Future of Food,” and it will be held November 16th through the 22nd. It encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Far too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or recognize their impacts as global citizens. GeoWeek raises awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education, and excites people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day is incorporated into GeoWeek, and takes place on Wednesday during GeoWeek. GIS’ spatial focus embraces the idea of interconnectedness, and can be used to solve many of the problems that GeoWeek addresses.
DIY Poster (doc file): fill-in information specific to your school/program
Some helpful links:
Staple Crops of the World: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/maps/staple-food-crops-world/?ar_a=1
Geography Goes to the Movies: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/news/geography-goes-movies/?ar_a=4
Using Media to promote Geography Awareness Week: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/news/geography-goes-movies/?ar_a=4
Geography Awareness Week home page: www.geographyawarenessweek.org