A Better World through Geographic Knowledge

The most pressing problems facing human societies today – immigration, climate change, violence, hunger – will not be solved without a geographical understanding of the source of those problems. But geography is not just a tool for solving problems. Geography enables us to transform how we understand social and environmental problems in the first place through scholarly analysis, grounded investigation, and social critique. 

 

"Geography must render an important service. It must teach us, from our earliest childhood, that we are all brethren, whatever our nationality. In our time of wars, of national self­ conceit, of national jealousies and hatreds ably nourished by people who pursue their own egotistic, personal or class interests, geography must be a means of dissipating these prejudices and of creating other feelings more worthy of humanity."

– Peter Kropotkin (geographer, 1885)