Katherine Ye CISHZ Geo

Hi! My name is Katherine and I am a student of Chinese International School of Hong Kong. Welcome to my blog for geo! I would just like to say that none of my photos that I use are mine. Enjoy!

Question of the Week- Week 1

September 7, 2014

How are you shaped by the world around you, and how are you shaping the world around you?

The video on Madagascar certainly opened new doors and pathways in my mind.

Determinism is when your beliefs are determined by causes external to your own will and that is one of the many reasons why you are shaped by the world around you. It is when an individual person has no free will and cannot take responsibility for their actions. For example in the video on survival in Madagascar, the forest that they lived in was the source of survival for the people and they had to hunt wildlife and use the forests materials. That determined their way of living in Madagascar, and shaped each and every one of the people as individuals.

While the world around us shapes us, we are shaping the world in return. Our actions affect the community that we live in in some way, and most of the time we don’t even notice the consequences of our actions. One good example of us shaping the world would we global warming. All the fossil fuels that we burn up everyday turn in heat energy, which warms the surface of the earth. That causes extinction of animals, threats to the environment, changes to the earth’s climate, etc.

I have moved around many times in my life, but I feel that each location that I’ve lived in has affected me and has been affected by me. It’s rather difficult to explain specifically in what ways. Everyone as an individual is unique and that is because we have different stories. It is impossible for someone to have the same exact story as another person.

In conclusion, we should be aware of the fact that we are shaped by the world we live in, and we shape the world in return. Most of the time this cannot be helped, but if everyone was aware of this then some action can be taken to make the world we live in a better place.

Geographic Stream Work #1

September 7, 2014

(This photo does not belong to me)

What?

The photo above shows a red panda or a red cat-bear. They have a bear-like body with thick fur with black fur on the belly and limbs and white markings on their ears and side of their heads.

Where?

Red pandas are usually found in the temperate forests of the Himalayas and southwestern China

Why is it there?

Red pandas are herbivores and have adapted into eating fruits and plants and tall grass plants like bamboo, which are usually located in rainforests. They have adapted to the cool weather of the rainforest and cannot tolerate temperatures above 25ºC.

Why care?

It has been estimated that there are less than 10,000 mature individuals of red pandas left. The reason why they are endangered is because they are often caught in traps that are meant for animals such as wild boars and deer. They are also poached for pelts in China and Myanmar, are their fur is used for caps and hats in Bhutan. Deforestation destroys their habitats. Red pandas have been classified as vulnerable in by the IUCN (the International Union for Conservation of Nature) and are endangered. It us up to the human kind to do what ever it takes to help red pandas as our actions are the reason they are extinct. The consequences of our actions as human beings have taken our thousands and thousands of innocent animals, and that is why we should all care.

Geography Stream Work #2

September 9, 2014

(This photo does not belong to me)

What?

This is a photo taken on the day that Algeria gained independence. In the photo you see a crowd of Algerian citizens waving the Algerian flag, looking happier than ever. They’re pumping their fists in the air, and assuming from the position of their mouths, they’re cheering.

Where? (And when)

This photo was taken on the streets of Algiers, the capital city of Algeria on July 3rd, 1962. I am unsure of where exactly in Algiers this is.

Why is it there?

Usually when something big and important happens, people gather together as a desire to feel together and spread their emotions to others, for example a protest. In this photo, I think that all the Algerians (supposedly) are gathered on the streets so that everyone can watch and is able to join and feel the bond that nationalism provided together. The streets are where everyone is free to gather and usually big crowds on the street cause commotion and catch people’s attention. That makes more people want to join and celebrate together.

Why care?

This event was probably life changing for the Algerians. For so many years, Algeria has been under the colonization of the French and on July 3rd, 2014 everything turned around. We should care about this because independence is so valuable for a country. With independence, the country can live by it’s own rules and make it’s own decisions. They can vote on doing something they want and not have to do what others tell them to do. This is why the day that Algeria gained independence was life changing for the citizens.