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Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants

Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants | Human Geography |
As Western societies have become more diverse due to immigration and cross-border mobility, the question of how welcoming their native populations are to newcomers has become ever more relevant. Exclusionary…

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Stress and the City: innovative housing solutions for urban centers

Stress and the City: innovative housing solutions for urban centers | Human Geography |

It's a well-known story by now: in the wake of a shift toward city living, and as housing prices continue to rise and wages stagnate, middle-class Americans are being squeezed out of urban centers. The problem is not isolated to high-cost cities. A New York Times analysis found that median rent is more than 30 percent of the median income in 90 U.S. municipalities, surpassing the federal government's benchmark indicating when a household becomes “burdened.” Nationwide, half of renting households spend a third of their gross income on rent, while their median income hovered at $32,500 in 2012 (as compared to $50,500 for all households)—approaching its lowest level in nearly 20 years, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. To combat this trend, staving off an exodus of the workforce and addressing growing income inequality, a number of cities are experimenting with a range of innovative ideas to create affordable housing.

Via Lauren Moss
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This article talks about new ideas about creating houses for the poor and middle class in urban areas. I think it is wonderful that cities are trying to find new solutions. It doesn't really touch or talk about this in the article but I believe that these new housing projects especially for the poor can help prevent the forclosure rate from rising. I also believe that these homes can help relieve the stress of paying rate and this relieved stress may help prevent crime especially in teens and young adults.


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Tour the World - Official Music Video

Full album & lyrics: Music by Renald Francoeur, Drawing by Craighton Berman, Video by Don Markus "Tour the ...

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International Migration

Almost everywhere on the world, international migration is a hot topic. Most of the time the debate about migration is fierce and charged with prejudices and...

Via Natalie K Jensen, Seth Dixon, Sierra_Mcswagger
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This video is great for going over the many different aspects that go along with migration. It talks about what migration is and the reasons why people migrate known as push and pull factors. It talks about the different types of migration such as asylum seakers and illegal immigration. It mentions the disadvantages and advantages of migration.

Bella The Non-Vampire's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:59 AM

Migration is something that has been happening for years. Today there are many migrants in America. In fact migrants choose 
America to migrate to. The many migrants here in America is from Mexico. There are many reasons for migrating. Many people migrate to avoid war and environmental disasters. Also, many people migrate for job opportunities and economic purposes. I.C.

Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, September 10, 2014 10:02 AM

This video is primarily talking on the widely known topic of migration. 3 percent of the worlds population is living away from there place of birth. The push of migration from places include poverty, war, and environmental disasters. The migration pull in some places are because of  economic opportunity, and political freedom. Migration is increasing, and is thought of as a bad thing.(s.s.)

Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:27 PM

A great YouTube video- discussing the controversy of international migration among other things that fall into place of the disapproval of international migration. -UNIT 2 

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Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population

Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population | Human Geography |
A comprehensive demographic study finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion.

Via Paulo Gervasio, Bella The Non-Vampire
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Christianity is such a wide spread religion and can be found in every region. Even though the number of Christians have grown since the world's population has grown as well Christians still comprise about a third of the population. The percentage however, of Christians in Europe and the Americas has dropped. My question is if the number has dropped due to other religions gaining more support or people not having a religion at all? Maybe it's a near equal mix of the two? In contrast, Christianity has grown in sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. This is most likely because of missionaries there.


Bella The Non-Vampire's curator insight, March 10, 2015 10:20 AM

     Over the years, Christianity has become a dominant religion. From when Jesus and his twelve disciples until now, the universalizing religion has grown. Jesus was the main reason why Christianity has become a religion. It has spread through different people across the world because of the missionaries across the world. 

Mackenzie Mcneal :)'s curator insight, March 10, 2015 8:50 PM

Over time Christianity has evolved more and more. Different cultures have taken their own beliefs and own thoughts on what they think the Bible stands for / represents. Over the decades more and more people have evolved or been born into becoming Christians whether it be from their cultural beliefs or just choosing to change their ways. Over time the total population of Christians all around the world has more than tripled. More than likely it is because many people who don't know what to believe in has probably learned from a missionary, which has shared Gods word and informed them of what they believe the Bible stands for.

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Agriculture: Back to the Start

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the St...


Sure this is an animated commercial for Chipotle Grill, but this perfectly encapsulates the beliefs, values and ethics that underscore the organic farming movement. 

Via Seth Dixon
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Sure this is a Chipotle commercial but is does a good job at showing the belief that we should go back to the old way of farming. The video shows a family farm being taken over by what appears to be some big corporation. Upon being taken over, the animals are confined in small compartments and injected by what appears to be antibiotics and some other unknown substance. The factories they are sent to are polluting the place. The farmer sees all of this and decides to go back to the start.

Roman M's curator insight, October 24, 2014 9:51 AM

This video explains the way that meat is produced in our country today. It is actually very nasty and we should go back to the traditional way of farming. The song is a very good song to play during the video. Chipotle is trying to change it for the better and go back.

jada_chace's curator insight, October 26, 2014 7:17 PM

In the video it shows how the world has evolved in the way that humans take action on Mother Nature’s ways. In the beginning, there was a small family farm that was growing crops and animals. Shortly after that, it showed how small family farms are being taken over by the big agribusinesses. In today’s society that tends to happen more and more, which can be both good and bad on our economy. Unless people don’t make a change about the way we treat our food, nothing in our economy is going to get better. 

Cassie Brannan's curator insight, December 9, 2014 10:21 PM

This animated film shows you what agriculture is really like. Sometimes it is difficult to be a farmer because of all of the climate changes. When the weather changes off and on, it can kill the crops, making it harder for farmers to find food. So as you can see, farmers go through a lot and it take a lot of hard work to be a successful farmer.

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7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

This is an excellent video for population and demographic units, but also for showing regional and spatial distinctions (since terms like 'overpopulation' and 'carrying capacity' inherently have different meanings at different scales). 

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This video is good at helping people better visualize population because you can easily see the difference of each continent. It shows how the population started small and rapidly expanded because of the agricultural and industrial revolution and decrease in deaths making it and the births unstablized. It even goes on to talk about the future population and how it is believed that the population won't continue to grow rapidly but once again stabalize.

Mackenzie Mcneal :)'s curator insight, August 27, 2014 9:44 AM

This video shows how the populations of each country  are  increasing and decreasing in a very unique way. It explains how the populations are increasing and decreasing as the years go on.  It also shows that the death rates and the birth rates are  being combined to make the true populations as accurate as possible.