Monthly Archives: May 2015

If Men Had Periods

This video has over 100k hits already. Look at the statistics at the end of it about women without access to toilets during their period. How would this hinder their lives? And then how would this also be an obstacle to a country’s development? Wateraid charity wants to change this. See how this NGO (non governmental organisation) is trying to make things less unequal and to reduce the development gap. So you can use this ideas in your exam if a question comes up about aid and/or sustainable development.


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Debt Cancellation and Conservation Swaps

drop debt

I have written a powerpoint complete with 2 short video clips on debt cancellation (also called debt abolition) and conservation swaps (debt for nature swaps)

You need to know what they are and how they work. So not a big part of the topic. However, there could be a 1, 2 or 4 mark question on this so make sure you know it well

debt cancellation and swaps

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Nepal Earthquake: Before and After

I have found 2 beautiful and therefore sad videos of life in Nepal before and after the quakes.

Firstly before: here is a video of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and where many of the people died

Secondly here is the story of one family’s life in the week after the first quake. they life in a rural area and not much help has come their way yet. As the man says “we don’t know where to go or how to say”

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Why go on holiday to Antarctica?

the answer in the exam is: people have more enemy for such expensive holidays these days (called disposable income), the wonderful scenery can be seen with less hardship and more comfort than in previous times, people like the idea of visiting “environmental” destinations.

Also the idea of adventure holiday: e.g. scuba diving, rock climbing, extreme skiing kayaking etc is very popular…. if all that doesn’t make sense then watch this video to get an idea of the Antarctica’s attractions




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Great Videos On Earthquakes and convection currents

This video of just 6 minutes and 45 seconds can greatly help you answer questions in your GCSE exam.

There was a question in the 2014 exam asking why bigger earthquakes don’t necessary kill more people. Well this video answers this very well. Professor Iain Stewart explains how different earthquake waves spread from the focus of the quake and how these 3 different waves cause different amounts of damage.

He then explains the human influence on the number of people killed and the amount of buildings destroyed and the percentage of the infrastructure that is destroyed. If you want a high grade at GCSE watch this video and write down all the facts that influence the impact of an earthquake on people. (think of building quality, where the main roads are located, what type of ground the buildings are on and other factors as well)

And as the professor says “Its not earthquakes that kill people its buildings


And if you want to revise convection currents and plate boundaries here is about 74 seconds of video from the same man to assist you  🙂

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Development, Natural disasters and Aid (and Restless Earth and Tourism!)

nepal quake victims

Didn’t know what to call this post because it is about a short article from Time magazine that covers so much of our Development Gap topic. (You could also easily use it in an exam answer about Earthquakes for the Restless Earth topic and even for a question about tourism and how numbers may fall). Primarily it talks about why the quake in Nepal has and will have such a devastating effect on the country. This brings out other issues that are keeping Nepal poor and stopping it from developing (The Obstacles of Development that the syllabus and exam questions talk about)

The article says these are:

  • Low GNP (also called GDP or GNI) means Nepal hasn’t been able to afford in a good transport system or infrastructure. So some aid has been flown in but is stuck at the airport as the country struggles to get it ito the areas that need it
  • For such a poor country the earthquakes cost of between $1 and $10 billion could be up to half the countries wealth for the year. this will hinder spending on development in the future
  • The effect on tourism worth up to 8% of the countries annual wealth (GNI) will be long lasting and like the second point hinder government spending on development in future years (this is the bit you could also use an example in your tourism topic)
  • The government is not well organised enough to tackle the problem and so this too keeps the country poor and less developed

also read section 5 of the article called “competition for influence” and you will see one of the big drawbacks with aid; normally the country giving it wants something in return

you can click on the link on the first line for the article or here instead to read it


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Water Aid in Uganda

water aid logo

As part of our development topic, we look at aid, charity, NGO’s and how they may be able to reduce the development Gap. The case study we do is the Work of WaterAid in Uganda

Firstly, I have gather their relevant YouTube clips (they have an excellent channel) onto one play list which can be found on our Machin Anderson YouTube account. the list is called ‘WaterAid Uganda’

The powerpoint from the lesson is here Water Aid lesson 2015

and the word document with the instructions is here Water aid work instructions



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