Each year during the third week of November, National Geographic and other organizations help celebrate Geography Awareness Week to help raise awareness of the importance of geography education. The mission of the program states:
Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.
The theme this year is “Geography and The New Age of Exploration“, which focuses on how geography enables us to be intrepid explorers in our own way. Google Earth is certainly one of the best tools you can have to help be an explorer, so we think this theme is great!
Not coincidentally, the annual GIS Day falls on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week each year. There are a variety of events happening on GIS Day, so check out their website at GISDay.com to learn more.
For more information about Geography Awareness Week and how you can get involved, visit their website at GeographyAwarenessWeek.org.