Why we love it

Humans. There are so many of us on Earth and more on the way. How are we using and changing Earth’s resources? What are we doing to conserve and sustain? This interactive story map answers such questions with stunning imagery and shocking statistics. Built in collaboration with the Smithsonian, it gives a global and local perspective on many important human issues. We love this map because it is an interactive atlas of human influences.

Why it works

This story map uses the full breadth of the Story Map Journal template to both show information at a global scale and take us to specific locations that ground global themes in local context. The dark basemaps really let the colorful overlays shine, and the map projection is appropriate. This map works by showing how environmental challenges like deforestation and population growth respect no boundaries, and how the planet has been forever changed by the activities of humankind.

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Allen Carroll, map author