Association of American Geographers
"Geography Matters" Video Competition
The Association of American Geographers organized its "Geography Matters" video competition in preparation for the 2012 Annual Meeting in New York, New York, February 24-28, 2012. We were looking for videos that highlighted the difference that geography has made in: your life, your career, your community, the world, etc. Entrants were told that videos submitted would be used to enlighten others on the importance that geography has in our world today. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST PLACE WINNER
"Geography Matters: Today More than Ever"
Are our brains suited to a modern world? In progressively urban settings we experience overcrowding, noise, pollution, conflict, stress - facets that strongly affect the emotions, nervious systems, and general sense of well-being. Meanwhile, a geogrphical disposition restores us to a connection, appreciation and social integration. Geography Matters: Today More than Ever.
Kieran won $250 dollars, a complimentary New York Meeting Registration and a free one-year AAG membership.
SECOND PLACE WINNER
Chris S. Renschler
"UB NOW: Geography Help Haiti Recovery"
Partners of the National Science Foundation project "Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response" (IPLER) rapidly provided airborne and satellite imagery to a spontaneously created Global Earth Observation-Catastrophe Assessment Network (GEO_CAN) of more than 500 volunteers in more than 20 countries to contribute their time for a crowd-sourced building damage assessment.
THIRD PLACE WINNER
"Why do we eat what we eat?"
Have you ever wondered why certain regions of the world eat specific foods? Stable climate is important for certain crops, but local geology can play a role in specific soil development, which affects the ability for a plant to grow.
In 3 minutes, I make the case that Geography Matters--to education and to society. It is concerned with all issues relevant to our 21st Century world. Geography is also about action--making our world a better place for the environment and for the people who dwell here.