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ADVOCACY

Advocating for Geography—and Our World

PURPOSE

Improving policy outcomes and deploying geography solutions

As geographers, we have a contribution to make in the realm of public policy—and a responsibility to share our knowledge. AAG is dedicated to advocating for a better future within the field of geography itself, and in the many areas influenced by our discipline.

  • Climate Change

    Our rapidly changing global climate is impacting humans and the environment in a multitude of ways. Now is the time for urgent, collective action to combat this crisis and geographers are uniquely positioned to contribute.

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  • Geography for Inclusion

    The AAG has an obligation to illuminate the importance of geography to our elected officials as they work toward comprehensive and systemic change.

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  • Supporting Science

    Research compiled and built by geographers feeds policy and regulatory structures throughout institutions across government. It is crucial that geographers have partners within government who are willing to support them.

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  • Redistricting

    Once a decade, states get to redraw the legislative maps that affect resources and representation for every American. It is critical to include geographers.

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  • Conflict in Ukraine

    View the AAG’s petition of unequivocal support for the sovereign country of Ukraine, and for the families and individuals impacted by Russia’s unprovoked military action.

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ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS

As part of its commitment to

advance progress in and out of the

field of geography…

… AAG pursues specific policy goals guided by our core Tenets. Click below to learn more about an issue, find out how you can take action, and connect with a network of fellow advocates.

 

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Climate Change

Our rapidly changing global climate is impacting humans and the environment in a multitude of ways. Now is the time for urgent, collective action to combat this crisis. Geographers are uniquely positioned to contribute to our understanding of climate change, the complex spatial dimensions of its causes and effects, and the solutions needed to protect our most vulnerable communities as the world changes around us.

Read our call for executive action on SCOTUS EPA ruling
 
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Geography for Inclusion

The AAG has an obligation to illuminate the importance of geography to our elected officials as they work toward comprehensive and systemic change. Our nation’s history with race is intertwined with geography at every chapter, and public policy that aims to advance equality and rectify deep-seated injustice must take into account geospatial history and context.

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Supporting Science

Research compiled and built by Geographers feeds policy and regulatory structures throughout institutions across government. It is crucial that geographers have partners within government who are willing to support them, whether their research is critical of political expectations or not. The AAG is committed to ensuring that geographers’ needs are met by institutional partners in government, and that integrity of their research is prioritized comprehensively.

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Redistricting

Once a decade, states get to redraw the legislative maps that affect resources and representation for every American. It is critical to include geographers in that process to ensure fair outcomes. Our community of experts must activate in our respective states to gain a seat at the table and hold leaders accountable.

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Tenets

The AAG policy principles

Our advocacy initiatives are guided by five key policy principles:

Equitable Geography icon

To ensure fair resources and a high quality of life for growing populations, mapping by governments and communities must be done in transparent and inclusive ways. Expert professional geographers help make sure that mapping is equitable and just.

Protecting Geography icon

Academic freedom and scientific discourse are essential components to a just and well-functioning society. Access to information and opportunity must remain open and accessible to all.

Protecting people icon of shieldThe AAG will advocate for any geographer facing direct infringement of their fundamental human rights. Geographers are central to understanding and mitigating the effects of the global climate crisis, and fixing related injustices.

Preserving arc of geography: icon of an hourglass

The AAG seeks to sustain geographers from the beginning of education through retirement by bolstering institutions, advocating for funding, supporting programs, and utilizing assessments.

Geography for everyone icon: globe with connection lines to people in different directionsThe AAG has a duty to ensure that all geographers have equal access to resources, training, meetings and professional opportunities. Vigilant support for these principles is essential throughout the discipline.