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ECU Sponsors Events for Upcoming Geography Awareness Week 2010

Of all the water on the planet, less than 1 percent is available for human use. Will we have enough to support a growing global population? How will a changing climate affect access to freshwater around the world? Beginning Nov. 15 and running through Nov. 19, East Carolina University will celebrate Geography Awareness Week. Fresh water is the theme for this year’s events.

Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to the importance of geographic understanding in ensuring our nation's economic competitiveness, national security, environmental sustainability and the livability of our communities in the 21st century.

Three events are planned for this year’s Geography Awareness Week at ECU. All events are free and open to the public.

To begin the week, a video presentation and panel discussion on “The Future of our Fluid Planet: Water, Climate and Perpetual Change,” will be hosted by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geography Nov. 16, 7–8:30 p.m., in room B102 of the Brewster Building. Topics addressed by the panel will include fresh water and issues related to climate change. Audience participation is encouraged.

The second event will be held Nov. 17, 12–2 p.m., at Wright Place (Mendenhall Student Center, in the case of rain). This will be ECU’s first Mapping Party, also hosted by the ECU Department of Geography in conjunction with the department’s planning program student organizations, GeoClub and SPAN. This event is a public-participation mapping activity, where people collect or correct spatial data and post it online on the site “Open Street Maps.”

This student-centered mapping party will develop the first version of the “Real Student Map of ECU,” beginning with “ECU's Hidden Treasures.” Students will seek out and locate special places they feel other students need or want to know about. Examples of locations may include the best places to study, safest places or routes at night, best food, best free parking, best tailgating locations and many more. Students can contribute to a suggested category or create a new one. Prizes will be awarded for the best contributions in categories and the best category suggestion.

Also, a book display by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. will be 12–2 p.m. Nov. 15, in room D210 of the Brewster Building.

For additional information on any of the 2010 Geography Awareness Week events, please contact the ECU Department of Geography at 252- 328-6230. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.