Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)
Danny Dorling - Social geographer
Danny Dorling teaches and writes about the geography of our human world. Full bio
have seen the planet depicted before.
that you're very familiar with.
before we saw this image.
were "moona, moona,"
having a particular fantasy
black and white TV screen.
thought of our planet as spherical.
these images in the 1960s,
at an incredible rate.
of human geography,
many people are drawn larger,
like the Sahara and the Himalayas,
have been shrunk away.
is given an equal amount of space.
submarine cables and trade routes.
that goes from the Chinese port of Dalian
and round to Rotterdam.
largest ship just a year ago,
so many containers of goods
they would have been 100 kilometers long.
we are now moving around the world,
for a very long time,
one of the world's first cities.
of others' houses to get to their home.
at the map of the city,
incredibly quickly most recently.
seven, or eight generations
that we are a species.
is the map of world population,
showing how we spread out of Africa
where we think we arrived
every few months,
that a particular date was wrong.
at an incredible speed.
growth in the world.
from the moon of our planet,
was growing at two percent a year.
at two percent a year
"the population bomb" in 1968.
at the end of the graph,
the '90s, the noughties,
10, or 11 billion people
in 1918 from influenza.
we tend to concentrate on.
on the terrible events in the news.
on the gradual change
get away from people.
changed again to make area large,
people are from each area.
where to go to get away from everybody,
we are coming off the land globally.
across the continent.
where the water falls on our planet.
Africa, Asia, and Europe,
a large number of people living there
there is a great deal of rainfall as well.
the map be shaped by people,
moving around the planet,
to have a heartbeat.
we grow our food in the world.
most for rice and maize and corn.
be enough food, but we know,
and fed less of the crops to animals,
as one group of people.
of the world before.
around the planet
of what the Earth looks like at night.
that most of you will be used to,
a map of where people live.
is where people live.
of people on this map.
where people are,
the lights in Cairo, the lights in Tokyo,
of the United States,
do not have access to that much energy,
shining the light up into the sky.
animated over time,
has actually become darker,
on a quarter less electricity
the nuclear power stations off.
at an incredible rate.
in their first year of life in the world
going to university in the world
after good news story
better in the planet,
put it brilliantly,
of incremental, imperceptible changes
and which render our era
nature of gradual transformation,
the population slowing down.
becoming more connected.
improvements in understanding.
how we are learning to begin
in proportion to those people.
city in the world in China,
an urbanizing world,
to be frightened about,
to fear each other as much as we do,
that we are now living in a new world.
About the speaker:Danny Dorling - Social geographer
Danny Dorling teaches and writes about the geography of our human world.
Why you should listen
Danny Dorling has invented new map projections and new ways of measuring and describing inequality -- and analyzed thousands of datasets about people and the planet. He is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, UK. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education, wealth and poverty.
In the press, Dorling has been described as "that rare university professor: expert, politically engaged and able to explain simply why his subject matters," and as one who has made it "his life's work to dig through the layers that make up Britain's human landscape, and then map it in ways nobody else had thought to do." Working with many others, he has done the same for all the countries of the world "giving a strikingly different perspective from the Mercator projection most commonly used." All this mapping lead him to worry more about inequality.
His recent books include co-authored texts The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live, Bankrupt Britain: An atlas of social change, and People and Places a 21st-century Atlas of the UK. Recent sole-authored books include So You Think You Know about Britain and Fair Play, both in 2011; in 2012 The No-nonsense Guide to Equality, The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure and The Population of the UK; Unequal Health: The Scandal of Our Times, The 32 Stops and Population Ten Billion in 2013; All That Is Solid in 2014; Injustice: Why social inequalities persist in 2015; and A Better Politics: How Government Can Make Us Happier in 2016.
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