A video made by David Lambert et al showing why Geography is a key subject and the importance of understanding it in the context of our modern world.
This is a creative video that promotes geo-literacy. It is an excellent way to kick off a new school year if you are looking for a 'hook' to demonstrate the importance of geography to students today. Other materials of this nature can be found on this website under the tag 'geo-inspiration' which is accessible here: http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education?tag=geo-inspiration
Despite efforts to improve the quality of tap water, Mexico is the world’s largest per capita consumer of bottled water, using it even for bathing babies.
People buy bottle water for one of two primary reasons. First, they may feel that the bottled water is tastes better, is heathier or in some way superior to regular water. The second reason is more of a sinister reason: they fear the quality of the tap water is so bad that it will infect them with diseases. Although American tourists still joke about "Montezuma's Revenge," Mexico has greatly improved the quality of their tap water, but it is regionally contingent. It may be safe in one neighborhood but not another, so most Mexican avoid public water sources altogether. Public confidence in public utilities and an more uniform track record of healthy water is the only thing that can change this cultural/economic habit.
After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years.
The Los Angeles Times has produced an in-depth interactive feature centered around the impact of an increasing global population. With videos, population clocks, narrated graphics, maps, photos and articles, this is treasure trove of resources that cuts across many disciplines.