8 Lessons You Never Learned In School About Geography

8 Lessons You Never Learned In School About Geography

1. How big is Indonesia?

2. What is the largest city nobody talks about?

Looking at the 30 to 45 megacities in the world, can you name them all? Do some of them get not all the hype of some much smaller cities?

I’m not going to give away the spoiler of what the most secret megacity on Earth is.

Instead, I’ll just make you feel bad that you know Amsterdam, and that city has 800,000 people. Not even 1 million! 🙂

Key takeaway: I realized I needed to take another glance at major cities of China, India, Pakistan, and the continent of Africa.

2nd Key Takeway: Now you know the largest French-speaking city in the world, in the largest French-speaking country on Earth.

3. What’s up with Tuvalu?

Tuvalu has 10,000 residents (that’s how many people live just in my neighborhood!) Their national pastimes are seen in this video.

Drew also goes into two bonus countries, covering the island nation of Comoros slightly north of Madagascar, and the small nation of Djibouti, near Egypt and the Sudan.

4. Kiribati – A Nation Under Water

Kiribati (pronounced “Kiribas”) is a Pacific nation with a sinking future. Kiribati became the first country in the world to have a citizen apply for a new reason of refugee status.

14:50 is a great place to start if you want a short version (but the whole documentary is good!)

And minute 26 is a discussion of the contradiction – as waters rise, the water tanks become salinized (salty) and so there’s a loss of fresh drinking water. Minute 41 discusses the island country’s future or lack of a future.

Kiribati is a small nation, of 120,000 people, that speaks Gilbertese and English.

5. Segregation Still Affects South Africa

In the legacy of apartheid, what is the current situation of South Africa?

How did policies of the past 100 years affect areas in your city, area, region of the world?

6. Living Without Water: Contamination Nation

Somewhere, on United States land, there’s an area where 40% of the population doesn’t have running water, and the nearby water sources were contaminated with radioactive uranium. Meet the residents trying to get running water installed in their homes, and the reasons why their former water sources are no longer safe to drink. Residents often drive 30 miles to fill up tanks and lug the water back home for their daily needs.

There are more updates on how this lack of running water made things worse during a pandemic. How do you wash your hands in the desert, with no running water in the home?

7. Jeff Bezos’ Wealth Compared to National Economies


8. “Lands That Will Flood in Our Lifetime” – a look at coastline vulnerabilities worldwide.

Do you live in an affected region or a protected region?

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