Many people may not be familiar with National Geography Awareness Week. In the simplest terms, the focus is on increasing awareness of the importance of geography. During this week, the National Geographic Society, along with other geographic organizations, look to increase geographic literacy by providing materials to support better education in geography.
National Geography Awareness Week, or GeoWeek, was created in 1987 when President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that stated that every third week in November would be National Geography Awareness Week. It was created to promote geographic education in schools and among the general public.
GeoWeek also urges people to think about geo-spatial issues and their responsibilities as global citizens. In the past, each year National Geography Awareness Week has had a specific theme, although from 2014 on, each year will have a slogan celebrating a facet of geography.
In 2014, GeoWeek is focusing on “The Future of Food.” With about nine million people living on this planet, it is important to understand our need for food in light of the challenges of feeding such a large number of people. The impact our need for food has on the planet is a large focus of this year’s GeoWeek.
To learn more about National Geography Awareness Week, check out some of these additional sources:
National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week
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