This post may raise more questions than it raises – however it is based on the assumption that two massive global forces are slowly growing….   grinding and colliding together – these being population growth and climate change.

Jobs help people cope during disasters is a fundraising campaign by Global MapAid to promote sustainable job creation in two diverse places, where we have already been working – United Kingdom and Ethiopia, because we believe that people who are in sustainable risk jobs, have better coping mechanisms for both natural and civil disasters. We chose diverse places, to help demonstrate that GMA can and must work in diverse locations. By the way, we define “a sustainable job” as providing or contributing towards humanities basic needs for shelter, health, food, water, education etc.

Looking to the future we have made summary plans to extend our work, in both the United Kingdomand Ethiopia.

In between disasters

In the periods between disasters, we contend people who are in jobs are more likely to have fewer children and focus on them, knowing that child survival rates are going to be much better. At the same time we propose, that people who are employed entertain more hope and self-confidence – and take better care of their environment as they proceed up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Here is a concise list of the benefits of maps that are vital to promote such jobs and followed by a snapshot of these two forces.

Four Benefits of Socio-Economic Maps

So what benefits can maps bring to Leaders, Taxpayers and Voters, as they think and plan and urge for sustainable job creation ?

For an outdoor worker, an easy  and quick answer would be to think about the TV weather report and how valuable that is in planning. For those of us that go on holidays abroad, it’s often vital to have a map of the local town to know where banks, beaches and restaurants are located, especially when we don’t speak the language ! Indeed a map then become a focal point for sign language and smiles :-)

But a more detailed answer is here, in this list of benefits we prepared:-

Four Benefits of Socio-Economic Maps

+ Rapid Visual Understanding: A massive amount of complex data put on to a map makes it easy to understand (compared to a heavy written report) – leading to a “light bulb moment”

+ Communicating to the Democratic Majority: The same map in the hands of a majority of decision makers creates a “tipping point” and society can change it’s collective approach and actions for the better, very fast – “a picture tells a thousand words”

+ Visionary Confidence: Leadership gains a mandate for decisive action to create and build change

+ Memory Benefit:  Research indicates that when human sees something, they remember 30%, contrasting with only 10% when they read it – this promotes the benefits above

Evidence For Two Slowly Colliding Forces

First: Climate Change

At the same time as the above evidence, whilst global mean temperatures appear stable, the anecdotal the evidence for regional climate change is huge and increasing.

Whatever else is true we seem to be seeing increasing wild weather patterns in specific areas, even if mean global temperatures seem stable, at least for now, despite scientists carefully explaining that ocean temperatures are increasing.

So, how will these forces impact on vulnerable groups ? Those unemployed or the NEET group, ‘not in employment education or training’ ?

Global Ocean Temperature Increase


      Global CO2 Increase

Source: Bristol CO2 Group

How long will the heat buffering capacity of the oceans last ?

Second Population Growth

Source: The Sustainable Scale Project

There appears to be some hope, the population growth curve seems to be slowing…

Conclusion: Humans be they humanitarians or environmentalists, rich or poor alike, are better off being on the same page…