There is a special treat in store for geographers this week – on Wednesday 23rd September, the BBC are airing Hans Rosling’s documentary ‘Don’t Panic – How To End Poverty in 15 Years’ (from 8.00 pm to 9.00pm).
Professor Hans Rosling is a world famous Swedish statistical showman, and many of you will have used his excellent Gapminder web site in your geography teaching. I had the pleasure of listening to him present at a GA Conference a few years ago – probably my favourite highlight from all the annual GA events I have attended.
This ‘Don’t Panic’ documentary is being shown in the week that the United Nations is presenting its new goals for global development, and it will look at the number one goal of the world, eradicating what is called ‘extreme or absolute poverty’ – the condition of around a billion people currently measured as living on less than $1.25 a day – for the first time in human history. Rosling will use holographic-style projection technology to wield his iconic bubble graphs and income mountains to present an upbeat assessment of our ability to achieve that goal by 2030, interweaving his detailed statistical analysis with powerful human stories from families in Malawi and Cambodia.
If you are not yet familiar with Rosling’s work – this is a great chance to see what it is all about. You will soon realise how it can be a really effective and engaging classroom tool to support teaching about globalisation and world development.