I find maps intoxicating. My house is full of dusty sheet maps, sailing almanacs (and I don't even sail), atlases, tourist maps and diagrams that have been sketched on napkins and I dare not discard. Maps are to me the constant, bewitching possibility of exploration. They are the places I have never been, the wild spaces I have never seen, the intoxicating promise of adventures untold.
Readers of my very first blog will remember I couldn't have been more excited when preparing for my inaugural trip across the Atlantic Ocean back in the early stages of 2012. There I sat, carving out the words of my long-anticipated adieu to the green and pleasant land of my birth, to live my very own American dream...
11 July is UN world population day. An easy way to remember the date is that in June this year the UN demographers upped their estimate of future global population to peak at around 11billion in about a century's time. By the dawn of the 22nd Century there will be 50% more of us, they think, give or take a few billion either way. The default reaction has been to predict doom.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has for several years been campaigning for climate change to be removed from the national curriculum for under 14-year-olds in the subject of geography. This has now moved forward and has officially been proposed by Gove's department which has opened a consultation period on the issue.