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Global Geography 12 Chapter 1. A Pale Blue Dot?. Let’s Talk about Earth. “It is a curious feature of our existence that we come from a planet that is very good at promoting life but even better at extinguishing it.” - Bill Bryson A Brief History of Nearly Everything. At a Glance.

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Global geography 12 chapter 1

Global Geography 12Chapter 1

A pale blue dot

A Pale Blue Dot?

Let s talk about earth

Let’s Talk about Earth

“It is a curious feature of our existence that we come from a planet that is very good at promoting life but even better at extinguishing it.”

- Bill Bryson

A Brief History of Nearly Everything

At a glance

At a Glance.

  • 4.54 billion years old

  • Composition is mostly water

  • Wide array of elements

  • Complex systems that regulate life and the conditions for life

  • Life in many forms – 99% extinction rate

Adapt survive

Adapt & Survive

  • Charles Darwin showed us that life evolves

  • Gradual changes that allow life to meet the demands of its environment

  • Continuous process. If not, what happens?

    Appendix – Digest leafy food

    Adrenal Glands – Fight mechanism

    Virus – Anti-biotic resistant

No place for wimps

No Place for Wimps


Total Land Area – 29%

1/5 Too Cold for Humans

1/5 Too Dry for Humans

1/5 Too Steep for Humans

1/5 Unable to Sustain Large Populations

90% of the population lives on 1/5

of the land

Global village

Global Village

Getting to know the planet

Getting to Know the Planet

  • A magical and messed up place:

    A) Vast Divisions Resources

  • Population

  • Wealth

  • Political (In)Stability

    Each can bring prosperity and challenges

Population pyramids data value

Population Pyramids & Data Value

Question: Why is population study important?

  • Birth & Death rates

  • Fertility rates

  • Taxation rates / general government spending – Old vs. Young population

    4) Economic growth

    5) Immigration strategies

Ggs 12 unit 2 population

GGS 12 – Unit 2Population

Population 101

Population 101

Defined: The total number of inhabitants of a given area

Why is Population Important?

  • Survival of species

  • Environmental impact

  • Government data

  • Economics

Population problems

Population Problems

The population bomb

The Population Bomb

Theory of Thomas Malthus

  • We produce in an unlimited fashion

  • We have limited resources

  • Measure need to be put in place to curb population growth

Population pressure

Population Pressure

Carrying Capacity – The number of living organisms that a region can support without degradation of environment

What does it mean

What Does it Mean?

Fertility Rate

Infant Mortality Rate

Birth Rate

Death Rate

Fertility rate

Fertility Rate

Average number of children that would be born to a woman over her lifetime

Infant mortality

Infant Mortality

The number of infant deaths (one year of age or younger) per 1000 live births

Major issue in developing countries:

  • Dehydration

  • Diarrhea

  • Pneumonia

Birth death rate

Birth & Death Rate

Birthrate – The number of live births per thousand of population per year

Do the math

Do The Math

Birth rate= Births/Population x 1000


Population - 33,987,876

Births 2004 – 91,003

Physical quality of life index

Physical Quality of Life Index

Measures the quality of life or well-being of a country. The value is the average of three statistics:

Basic literacy rate,

Infant mortality

Life expectancy at age one

Decided by the United Nations

D ld lld


D = Developed

LD = Developing

LLD = Least Developed

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Developed Country:

Long life expectancy

Low infant mortality

Low poverty rates

High industrial development

High literacy & schooling rates

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Developing Country:

Higher levels of poverty

Agricultural-based economy

Economically unstable

Moderate literacy & schooling rates

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Least Developed:

Low socio-economic development

High poverty & unemployment rates

Sparse economic opportunity

High rate of curable disease

Reduced access to schooling



Developed States - ?

Developing States - ?

Least Developed States - ?



  • The shrinking of the world through economics, technology and travel

    I’ve been everywhere

Globalization pros cons

Globalization Pros & Cons

Pros of Globalization:

  • Longer lifespan (medicine, medical engineering, R&D)

  • Increased personal income

  • Access to technology

  • Promotion of Human Rights

  • Cultural Diffusion – sharing of ideas

  • Social Solidarity – working to make society a better place to live

Modern globalization

Modern Globalization

  • Driven by Economics & Technology

  • Economics/Tech has shrunken the world and generally enhanced wealth and prosperity

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  • Countries trade with each other freely

  • This has caused great prosperity

  • This is called Free Trade

  • No taxes or duty on products moving across borders

Economics in a globalized world

Economics in a Globalized World

  • Resources and labor now transcend borders

  • Increased cooperation among countries and businesses for a common goal – wealth and prosperity

  • Free Trade is the central cog in the wheel

Free trade nuts bolts

Free Trade Nuts & Bolts

  • States have an incentive to keep dollars within their borders – Why?

  • Barriers are in place to defend against an outflow of money –Protectionism

  • Barriers are called Tariffs or Duties

Freer trade

Freer Trade

  • As the world become more globalized, trade increased dramatically

  • It was now cumbersome to put restrictions on trade – slowed economic growth

  • Trade ‘Free’ of tariffs emerged

  • Explosion of Free Trade Agreements

What free trade means

What Free Trade Means

  • Increased cooperation amongst nations

  • Increased capacity for wealth

  • Lower prices for consumers (most of the time)

  • Chance for corporations to become multi-national

Mo money

Mo Money

  • MNCs have access to a range of capital (resources)

  • Invest in growth

  • Technology at the forefront

  • Massive leaps in tech growth

The good political globalization

The Good: Political Globalization

  • Advances in technology has allowed for the promotion of human rights

  • Empirical evidence

  • Allows Human Rights Organizations to make known the scope and scale of abuses

  • Pressure governments or international organizations to respond – what does respond mean?

Globalization the bad

Globalization: The Bad

  • Better technology, improved transportation and free trade have not always created good things

  • Environmental Exploitation

  • Human Exploitation

Globalization the bad environment

Globalization: The Bad - Environment

  • Explosion of wealth and prosperity has exacted a toll on the planet

  • LLD states are fast industrializing

    More cars, more industry, more people

Globalization gap

Globalization Gap

  • Increased wealth worldwide has been distributed disproportionately.

Reflection questions

Reflection Questions

Transnational Credit Auction

  • Please complete the following the submit

  • Identify the ‘human consequences’ associated with auctions like this.

  • Based on your experience with the auction, explain the extent you agree or disagree with this statement:

    Poor countries need investment, so it’s

    A good thing when MNCs invest there

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3) What, if anything, could poor countries do to stop the race to the bottom in foreign investment.

Interrupt the system

Interrupt the System

  • Fair Trade Movement – companies that guarantee a fair price is paid to commodities producers – The Tall & Small

  • Buy Local Movement – 150km range of products

How did you do

How Did You Do?

Step 1:

  • Compare the data for your 5 countries? Are they consistent?

    Step 2:

  • Is the data for your developed countries directly opposite of your least developed?

    Step 3:

  • Do your developing states contain data

    in between D & LLD?

Global changes

Global Changes

After reading the provided article:

- Using two (2) examples, identify positive changes that are taking place in ME/NA countries related to human rights – esp with women.

Looking ahead political globalization

Looking Ahead: Political Globalization

  • Social media is revolutionizing political globalization

  • Facebook/Youtube/Twitter are allowing the world a unique glimpse at human rights issues

  • Used extensively in the Arab Spring – a series of revolutions in the Middle East

Population state problems

Population & State Problems

  • Food Access & Availability

  • LLD Exploitation

  • Economic Depression/Exploitation

  • Energy Needs

In perspective

In Perspective

Starting point north south

Starting Point – North/South

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  • As of 2012 the planet can produce enough food for its population

  • Yet hunger runs rampant – 1 billion hungry (UN 2012)

Globalization challenges exploitation child labour

Globalization Challenges: Exploitation & Child Labour

  • Coltan Mining in the Congo

  • Coltan is a rare mineral used extensively in the production of electronics – namely cell phones

  • Large mineral deposits in central Africa




  • LLD state

  • No direct economic benefits to producers

  • Links with armed groups

  • Concerns about working conditions/child labour

Ld lld challenges child labour

LD & LLD Challenges: Child Labour

  • UNICEF (2011) estimates that 158 million children (aged 5-14) are currently engaged in child labour

  • Most common areas include sub-Sahara Africa and Southeast Asia

  • Gender dominant – usually girls

    *Identify 3 sub-Sahara countries and build

    a PQLI profile of them.

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  • An estimated 246 million children are engaged in child labour. Nearly 70 per cent (171 million) of these children work in hazardous conditions – including working in mines, working with chemicals and pesticides in agriculture or with dangerous machinery. They are everywhere, but invisible, toiling as domestic servants in homes, labouring behind the walls of workshops, hidden from view in plantations. The vast majority of working children – about 70 per cent – work in the agriculture sector .

Togo chocolate

Togo Chocolate

  • Western Africa produces nearly a quarter of the worlds coco

  • MNC’s like Nestle import vast quantities of W.African coco

  • Coco cultivation is largely handled by trafficked children

  • Nestle makes a variety of popular western chocolate bars.

Child labour defined

Child Labour Defined

  • UNICEF defines child labour as work that exceeds a minimum number of hours, depending on the age of a child and on the type of work. Such work is considered harmful to the child and should therefore be eliminated.

  • Ages 5-11: At least one hour of economic work or 28 hours of domestic work per week.

  • Ages 12-14: At least 14 hours of economic work or 28 hours of domestic work per week.

  • Ages 15-17: At least 43 hours of economic or domestic work per week.

Child labour worldwide

Child Labour Worldwide

In your notes:

  • Identify the country – compose a demographic analysis

  • Identify the scope of the problem of child labour – use any relevant facts/figures

  • Note the nature of the child labour – what are the kids doing

  • Explain why children are forced to work

Stopping child labour

Stopping Child Labour

  • Major mandate of the UN

  • Pressure gov’t to enforce child labour laws

  • Free trade blind eye

    Buy nothing day

The value

The Value.

$100.00 Nike Shoes

  • Production labour $2.75

  • Materials 9.00

  • Rent, equipement 3.00

  • Supplier’s operating profit 1.75

  • Duties 3.00

  • Shipping 0.50

  • Cost to Nike $20.00



Nike: Code of Conduct?

Sweatshop q a

Sweatshop Q & A

What - A factory or workshop, notably in the clothing industry, where manual workers are employed at very low wages for long hours and under poor conditions

Where – Generally in LLD states worldwide

Who – Many Multinational Corporations use sweatshop labour

When – Sweatshops operate year round



Why – Cheap labour, materials and weak government regulations. A reliable means to maximize profit.

Chasing cheap labour

Chasing Cheap Labour

  • Free trade zones have opened up borders for foreign investment

  • MNCs can now take advantage of cheaper production costs off-shore

  • FTZ provide a slew of incentives and benefits for MNCs

More negative sides to sweatshops

More Negative Sides to Sweatshops

  • They operate in countries with weak laws


  • They do not allow unions

  • They often bribe government officials to look the other way for violations

  • They are big polluters

Sweatshop myth

Sweatshop Myth

“If those people didn’t have those jobs, they would be much worse off”

Problems with this assumption?



  • Sweatshop labour has been found to actually hamper economic growth

  • They do not allow for economic variety within a country

  • Keep the workforce uneducated – no future leaders

  • Built on a system of dependence

Political globalization

Political Globalization

  • Technology has made it more difficult for countries to hide human rights violations

  • Governments talk with each other more in the interests of making money

  • Communication has allowed people to expose important issues – Arab Spring

Social conscience

Social Conscience

The Kathy Lee case

Issues in food security

Issues in Food Security

According to the Red Cross, 2007 and 2009 were the two worst years for natural disasters ever recorded.

As global warming increases, floods and droughts will increase – both threatening the ability to grow food.

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Rainfall has been declining year on year in the Saharan region.

Water water everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

  • World = 78.87% water

  • 2-4% is usable/fresh

    Fresh Water – Water void of excessive salination

A closed system

A Closed System

Loss of biodiversity

Loss of Biodiversity

  • Threat to life security

  • Mass extinctions are occurring at a faster rate

  • Driven by human industry and urban expansion

    The stats -

At risk

At Risk

  • At threat of extinction are

    • 1 out of 8 birds

    • 1 out of 4 mammals

    • 1 out of 4 conifers

    • 1 out of 3 amphibians

    • 6 out of 7 marine turtles

  • 75% of genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost

  • 75% of the world’s fisheries are fully or over exploited

  • Up to 70% of the world’s known species risk extinction if the global temperatures rise by more than 3.5°C

  • 1/3rd of reef-building corals around the world are threatened with extinction

  • Over 350 million people suffer from severe water scarcity

The problem unsustainability

The Problem: Unsustainability

  • Human interference in ecosystems


  • Emissions – CO2, Dioxide

  • Urban sprawl

  • Chemical contamination

  • Light pollution

  • Overexploitation

  • Technological interference



Watch the following video and consider the following:!

  • Explain how overfishing is occurring and why it is a threat to humanity

  • What is happening to the worlds forests?

Bee gone

Bee Gone!

  • Colony Collapse Disorder

  • Prevents bees from locating their hive

  • Could cause a 50% drop in agricultural harvests

Sydney tar ponds

Sydney Tar Ponds




  • Toxic drainage pond from the former Sydney Steel

  • Result of coke oven waste – toxic byproducts of steel making process

  • Coke ovens drained into small pond in central Sydney

Biodiversity loss

Biodiversity Loss

  • Water fowl – Variety of birds have been poisoned

  • Marine Life – Amphibians poisoned

  • Ground Water Contamination

  • General genetic stress on variety of organisms

Human toll

Human Toll

  • Eyesore

  • Noticeable smell

  • Higher than average cancer rates

  • Noticeable increase in respiratory disorders

Erin brockovich

Erin Brockovich

Stop loss biodiversity

Stop Loss: Biodiversity

  • 1997 Kyoto Protocol – Emissions reductions

  • 2010 Oslo Accord – Emissions

  • EPA – Environmental protection agency

  • Crown land reserve act

  • Marsh land protection act

  • Protective legislation

Grim future or hope

Grim Future? Or Hope?

Promoting Sustainability Movement

  • International campaign that promotes community sustainable development

    Ie: Farmers markets, alternative energy, energy audits, incentive campaigns

Canada s role

Canada’s Role



You Start – page 36

  • Define “Threshold” and give an example

  • What is a sustainable society?

  • What is a natural threshold?

Population threshold

Population Threshold

Case Study – China


Population – 1,337,224,743

Birthrate – 1.5

One child policy

One Child Policy

  • What is the One Child Policy?

  • Why was it created?

  • How is it enforced?

  • Identify at least two (2) consequences resulting from it.

  • Is it ethically right to enforce a One Child Policy?

The chinese social economic paradox

The Chinese Social & Economic Paradox

  • China is currently experiencing a period of rapid economic growth; however, huge portions of the population live in poverty

  • Population has put a strain on social services (schools/healthcare) and employment

    Question – How to slow population growth?

One child nuts bolts

One Child – Nuts & Bolts

  • Formalized policy of 1 child per family – although no uniformly enforced

  • Violation can lead to fines or reduced access to social services

  • Reports of forced abortions and adoptions – against the law

  • Rural areas follow the spirit of the law

One child fallout

One Child Fallout

  • Sex imbalance – 120 boys / 100 girls

  • Little Emperors/Empresses phenomenon

  • Sex selection through pre-natal planning

  • Orphaned children

  • Bare Branch Theory

Looking ahead

Looking Ahead

  • Should other countries institute a 1 Child Policy?

    In groups, make your case. Why or why not.

Sloooooooow population

Sloooooooow Population

  • Education – Classes on family planning

  • Better access to birth control – free and universal

  • Technology – Modern technology will ease population concerns

  • Shift societal attitudes about smaller families

  • Incentives for smaller families – tax credits

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