Geography is essential to understanding the world and solving its most pressing problems. However, clarifying the specific value of something as interdisciplinary as geography is inherently challenging. The plethora of sub-disciplines in geography, unconnected in the public consciousness, can hide their connections to real-world problems and issues of the moment. Elevating geography in the public mind will help the world understand why geography matters and is essential.
By training and showcasing geographers in action—in the media, as voices for public policies, and in advocating for change—we can demonstrate the relevance and essential nature of the discipline and advance the careers of geographers.
Geographers are inherently interdisciplinary—they are taught to be so. Within geography, you find professionals with expertise in the physical, social, and technological world. Geographers also, by training, have expertise in knowing that there are other things to consider, different opinions to capture, and other knowledge bases to consult to understand root causes, identify the entire system, and develop and scrutinize potential solutions and their implication. They have insight into why and how issues develop, and what to do to address them.