by Rachel Hadiashar
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is respect for the diversity of realities and truths in the world. Yet, sadly often the world map accepted as "truth" is an unfair and injustice depiction of the world, as it shows countries in false proportions and sizes.
According to Many Ways to See the World, the popular Rand Mcnally Mercator Projection map used as recently as 2000, and still found on my many classroom walls, is based on a trading map projection from 1569 that was intended for use in navigation and never intended to be used as a world map. "It's an illogical use of this map that was intended to be used to create regional sea charts."
The Rand McNally map that many of us have seen as "the true" lay-out of the world is based on The Mercartor projection. It compresses the region around the tropics so that when Antartica is chopped off, the Northern half of the earth takes up 2/3 of the map area. The global South then becomes diminished in size and importance when compared to the North.
Arno Peters created a map that was "fair to all people of the world." Peters set out to create a map that showed the countries in true size and true proportion.
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It's an honor to interview Bob Abramms, map publisher at ODT maps about his work. And give the gift of multiple world views and greater truth this holiday season with gifts from ODT maps.
Bob, what do you love most about what you do?
Changing consciousness about how people see the world around them, and in particular watching the discomfort (psychologists call it "cognitive dissonance") that arises when peoples' preconceptions are challenged, shattered, and then finally adjusted to incorporate a more expansive world view.
Our maps are used not only in geography education but in Cultural Diversity Training, Corporate Culture Change efforts, media literacy programs, and numerous faith-based and mission-education efforts.
How have you seen these maps change lives and the world?
YES. The story at the end of the Many Ways video is only one of thousands we hear about. In this story, a man petitioned to have Tibet recognized as an independent nation in his letters, and was able to influence the Peters map. It's a beautiful story about the power of the people to wield change and influence the way we see reality. Watch the video below!
According to this video, we can understand the world only if we're able to see things from multiple perspectives and understand that reality can be seen from many vantage points-- and know that one person's voice can impact the planet.
One of the most powerful gifts we can give our children is to recognize the diversity of voices and multiple realities in our world, as well as challenge the racism inherent in the dominant world view as seen in the map diminishing the size and power of the world south of the Equator. Give the gift of multiple world views and greater truth this holiday season with gifts from ODT maps.
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