Geography is a fascinating study of places, people & their interactions. It is truly synoptic and is always relevant and changing – from the local to the global – this is reflected at St Olave’s. Geography is everywhere and students can enjoy this – we live in an amazing, awesome, but delicate physical environment that needs our care.
Through understanding the interactions between it and human activity, geographers can find sustainable solutions to wide-ranging problems.
The world in which we live is constantly evolving and changing. For millions of years natural processes have been at work shaping our planet into the home we recognise today. However, the very recent explosion of the human population has had a profound and often damaging effect upon the Earth.
Politically, geographical issues are taking on increasing relevance. Topical issues such as climate change, global warming, population growth, resource depletion and international debt dominate our news to an extent never before seen.
Globally, the face of economic power is shifting quickly. It seems inevitable that China and India are set to become the next two superpowers, but at what cost to the environment? The wealthiest generation ever now lives on Earth, yet the gap between the richest and poorest nations has never been greater.
Governments have a role to play in shaping the future. However, it is the individual who will ultimately shape public opinion. The collective decisions taken today are going to have profound effects upon future generations. The world has never been in greater need of well-educated and curious Geographers.
Ms R. Beach
Head of Geography