Hi everyone, my name is Cassandra Pantano and I am a junior. I am taking classes for a potential Global Health minor and that is what brings me to Geo 30. I live in Collegeville PA which is about ten minutes from the King of Prussia mall and have lived here since I was three. I am a nursing major and my goal is to work abroad with a global medical program before going to grad school to become a nurse practitioner. After this first module my interest in this course has grown, due to the relationship of geography with global issues such as war crimes or genocide. When not taking this course I am working, taking other classes and enjoying a State College summer.
When completing module 1 the article "Office of the Geographer Makes Information Visual" really peaked my interest. The article had brought up the examples of using satellite images of Sudan to locate areas with evidence of the genocide in Darfur. I really was not aware that this was something that the United States (or any country) was doing on a global spectrum. However I am curious to know if this would add tension to the US' relations with other countries. For example I don't believe that officials involved in the genocide would appreciate our having this knowledge and therefore not react well if our, or any other, government went to give aid. On top of that I can only imagine that other countries may be using this same technology to look at our country. While they may not find signs of genocide it could be seen that a good part of the country is not doing all we can to increase our sustainability. You can hear examples all over of negative human impact on the environment. If anyone knows any more information on this please feel free to comment. However (not saying it's good or bad) I can only imagine that other counties with more improved environmental policy would use this same geographic technology to point the finger at the United States and our cultures' effect on sustainability.