Using the vocabulary of this course, please describe in detail the geographic context of a town like this (real or imaginary). What is the town like? How did it get that way? What type of meaning does ‘place’ have for those that live there?
This article’s title is inflammatory, but it touches on some very real interconnected geographic issues. Economic development in the many parts of the world is complicated by the migration issue of ‘brain drain.’ The individual choices that doctors from the less developed world face often lead the best and brightest workers to leave their home country. If you could make a very good living as in the United States(the median salary of a surgeon in New Jersey is $216,000) or go back to your home country where your skills are more desperately needed (in Lusaka, Zambia a surgeon makes about $24,000 a year), which would you choose? This is not a hypothetical example (nor one with only one right answer) but one rooted in a globalized economy, where the places that offer the greatest opportunities for individual advancement get the top talent–excellent for the individual and family economies but problematic at the national scale.
How urgent is the issue of climate change? That question is not only geographic in content, but the response might also be somewhat contingent on geography as well. If your country literally has no higher ground to retreat to, the thought of even minimal sea level change would be totally devastating.