Wednesday, April 24, 2013

21st Century Challenges: Thought-provoking Talks on Geographical Issues

I quite like this resource, particularly for senior geography courses.


21st Century Challenges is a thought-provoking discussion series run by the Royal Geographical Society that aims to:

“improve public understanding of, and engagement with, some of the big issues likely to affect our lives and society in the coming years.”

The purpose of the series is to help people make their own informed decisions and judgements on some of the most important challenges of the 21st century. The talks on this website were held at the Royal Geographical Society's headquarters in South Kensington, London.


Challenge Topics I have found particularly interesting/useful include:


In addition to the talks themselves, there are a number of resources developed specifically for use in schools, including  Each challenge topic can be explored through videos, articles, 60 second guides and up to date news articles, and all teaching resources have been created using the information and media available on the site.

The teaching resources have been designed to be used as stand-alone lessons with downloadable resources, but can easily be adapted/modified to work within lessons that have already been developed on these topics.

The link for the “Schools” page for resources is:

I also like the RGS “Geography in the News” page:

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