Geo-literacy is the term that National Geographic has adopted to describe the understanding of how our world works that all members of modern society require. Geo-literacy is the ability to reason about Earth systems and interconnections to make far-reaching decisions. Whether we are making decisions about where to live or what precautions to take for natural hazards, we all make decisions that require geo-literacy throughout our lives. This video illustrates what geo-literacy means to individuals and to our global community. Share it with your friends, family, and colleagues, to help spread the word.

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education
Noun

process of acquiring knowledge and critical-thinking skills.

geographic reasoning
Noun

process of making informed, logical decisions based on an accurate understanding of the human and natural world around you.

geo-literacy
Noun

the understanding of human and natural systems, geographic reasoning, and systematic decision-making.