For the 2022 International Geography Championships, we are introducing a new event which showcases how geography plays a major role in global affairs and society: the Task Force. Four separate Task Forces will be offered at IGC 2022. The four topics will be Geographic Factors of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Vermont and Climate Change, Rainforest Conservation in Ecuador, and Urban Planning and Gentrification in Burlington.
All four task forces will be open to students in all age divisions (students will compete separately within their age division though), however the topics will be dealt with in a more complex way with each increasing age level.
Students who compete in each task force will write a 3-5 page paper in advance of IGC on a particular aspect of their Task Force topic. Task Forces and Topics will be assigned on June 20 (for students who have completed their event selection form by then) or if not, then on June 24. The paper will then be due at 11:59pm EDT on July 1. Once their task force has been assigned, students will also listen to online speakers, read articles, and familiarize themselves with the topic in advance of IGC.
At IGC, students will then come together in their age division groups, present their findings, listen to further presentations from experts, analyze further materials, and then draft a slate of recommendations to a particular audience regarding the topic.
Students can compete in multiple task forces if space is available, though priority is given to letting as many students as possible compete at least once before students are allowed to compete in multiple events. Students will be evaluated not only through their own research papers and presentations, but on how well they collaborate in the group (hint: talk less, listen more!) and the merits of their contributions to the final report.
Task Force Overview: The State of Vermont and Climate Change
Vermont is the site of the 2022 International Geography Championships and, like everywhere on the planet, it is feeling the effects of climate change. This task force will consider multiple facets of climate change as it impacts specifically Vermont. The recipient of the final report will be the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, Molly Gray. Possible topics that students might research in advance and debate at IGC include the following:
-Preparation for Natural Disasters: Drought, Hurricanes, Floods, Blizzards, Fires and More
-Climate Change and the Skiing / Winter Sports Industry
-Climate Change and Agriculture in Vermont
-A Climate Refuge (or Not)? Demographic consequences of climate change in Vermont
-Risk Assessments – who is most vulnerable and how can they be helped?
-Biodiversity in Vermont – how best to protect threatened and endangered species from the impacts of climate change
-Minimizing industrial carbon emissions in Vermont
-Minimizing transportation-based carbon emissions in Vermont
-The role of sustainable forestry in Vermont to protect against climate change
-A contrarian take: are there potential benefits to Vermont from the impacts of climate change?