lecture 3 - Global Issues Overview The Big Picture...

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Global Issues Overview: The Big Picture Introduction What are global issues? - Demographic, economic, and environmental trends affecting quality of life and survival prospects worldwide - Examples: desertification; deforestation; global warming; hunger; refugees; etc. - The ‘world system’ is comprised of various elements/components including: populations; environment; energy; resources’ technology - The interactions among these element produce outcomes of global significance When did these issues become global issues? - Were these global issues, 1000/500/200 years ago - Beginning in the ‘Age of Exploration’ and the establishment of colonial empires, different regions of the world became increasingly connected wit one another How/why did these become global issues? - Increasingly interconnectedness of world regions(and their politics, cultures, and economics) -> events in one geographic location have impact/repercussions on other geographic locations The Earth: Past and Present - 9:00 am, 23 October 4004 BCE (Before common era)
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