Geography & Globalization

By: Christina Murray

What is geography and globalization?

Why and how people live today.

Globalization is the social collaboration between countries sharing goods and ideas. These can be both positive in the case of technological advances, or negative in the case of human trafficking. Geography is why people live where they do based on needs and wants. This can be both positive in the case of living in a place of an abundant resource with plenty to share and negative in the case of a place with a very popular yet limited resource.

My item.

The item I chose was Crayola Colored Pencils. Crayola Colored Pencils are manufactured in Brazil and Costa Rica. These colorful pencils are made there due to their high-volume manufacturing capabilities. They are then flown in to retailers across the world to be distributed into the general public.

How it's made

The colored pencils are made from reforested wood grown in tree farms made specifically to make the casings of the pencils. After harvesting the wood it is shipped to a sawmill by truck. In the saw mill a long process takes place by machine turning the harvested lumber into small slats about the length of a colored pencil and three inches wide. The slats are next transported to a pencil making plant which cuts semi-circle grooves into the slats. Extenders, binders, color pigments, and water are combined into a doughy substance which goes though a process of several machines to form the lead of a colored pencil. The lead is then placed inside one of the slats and is covered by another securing the pencil with glue. The slats are then cut into the shape of a pencil and sent through another machine to be painted. These colored pencils are packed and shipped to retailers.

4 Categories of Globalization

Culture: Crayola colored pencils are used world wide for everything from crafts to professional artwork. They are used by both children and adults alike.

Economics: Crayola colored pencils are sold to people around the world, primarily in the US. In the US the colored pencils are sold for about $2.99 for a 12 pack, $5.99 for a 24 pack, ect.

Environment: Crayola Colored Pencils are made from reforested wood grown on tree farms.

Technology: Crayola Colored pencils are created from lumber using several stages conducted by machinery that cut, measure, carve, shape, and paint the pencils.

How Geography and Globalization Affect Me

Why I live how I do.

Geography and globalization allow me to live the way I do now. Geography affects me because I chose to live in New Hampshire because of the moderate climate. Also there are plenty of bodies of water near me for recreation, fishing, and water source for the community to drink. Globalization affects me because it allows me to have the clothes I wear, the computer I use, the phone I use, ect. It allows me to have more opportunities than I would have without it.

Globalization can be both positive and negative. In my life globalization can be good because it allows me different opportunities and gives me technology that I use on a daily basis. It can also be bad because of spreading diseases like the Zika virus which is rapidly spreading around the world.