September 26, 2018
by Rebecca Schaschke
My local Urban Area – Glasgow
Where you come from is very important. It is important we celebrate our own cultures as well as others. Community is a big part of many cultures. As the saying goes “ it takes a village to raise a child” this connotes the idea that you are brought up by your surroundings and everyone in your community and not just your nuclear family. Your perception of the rest of the world can be different depending on where you were brought up. In the western world it is more likely that you will have a better idea and understanding of climate change. This is perhaps because developed countries have more time and money to focus on it.
Alessandra Orofino states in her Ted Talk in 2014, that there is a link between urban cities and global issues and that 75% of global energy consumption is used in cities. Glasgow is of course a major city and cannot be exempt from this. Orofino also states the 80% of gas emissions that cause global warming come from cities. This is a result of urbanisation and although the perks of today make life easier now, they are contributing greatly to climate change.
It is important for world leaders to work together to come up with a solution to help the whole world from destroying itself and give everyone the best quality of life.
In my urban area of Glasgow there are roughly 596,000 people, making this the largest city in Scotland. In 1950 the population recorded at 1.089 million people. “The 1960s saw the clearing of poor inner city areas like Gorbals and the relocation to “new towns” that led to the population decline in the city.” (Glasgow Population ,2018). This initiative has helped the population decline to almost half in the last seventy years. This is an indiction that Glasgow part of a very developed country.
There are 148 primary schools in Glasgow and 37 secondary schools within the city to accommodate the vast number of people and children within the city.
Hyndland Secondary School
Glasgow is predominately victorian buildings which have stood the test of time. The picture above of Hyndland secondary school highlights the material used for the majority of buildings. “Glasgow… has some of the finest historic stone architecture in the United Kingdom. All the building stone quarries in the Glasgow area are closed and stone for repairs is now imported” Materials Characterisation. Due to the stones being so old if they need replaced it is not as simple as newer buildings and this can be quite expensive to do
Within the city there are notable recreational areas such as famous art galleries and parks such as Kelvingrove and the Botanic gardens as well as many sports centres and swimming pools. This is to try and improve the fitness and wellbeing of the local people. They give young people discounts to encourage them to be more active.
As presented in the graph above, it can be noted that the number of it is far more popular to take drive than to take the bus which would be much better for the environment. This could be because its far more convenient to take your own car directly to the destination required rather than having to walk from the bus stop, which could be a distance from where one wants to go. However the number of cyclists has also increased.
“Tackling the daily commute by bicycle has become more and more popular in Glasgow, and it’s no wonder, given that commuting on two wheels is both environmentally friendly and provides a dose of extra exercise. With over 300km of cycle ways in the city” (Cycling in Glasgow, 2018)
Glasgow is a great city to cycle round. It is improving its cycle paths so that it is easier and safer for cyclists to get from A to B. It also has a cheap inner city cycle hire system for both locals and tourists. It has connected with Glasgow university halls to give free access to those students. This will help keep Glaswegians healthy in terms of exercise but also boost the economy.
Industry and Work
The employment rate in Glasgow is very low compared to Scotland as a whole.
As the graph shows, the employment rate for Scotland is 73.4% but in Glasgow it drops to only 67.4%. This is not a good statistic to have.
“Glasgow has the highest proportion of public sector employees of the selected Scottish cities. Work in public administration, education and health account for more than one third of all employment in Glasgow (34.1%).”
The Air Quality
The air quality of the West end of Glasgow is detailed in the table below which was sourced from Air Quality Scotland’s website. Low band 1 means that the pollution in the air is at the lowest level. This is a good achievement for a major city.
Primary 5 Class Activity
A primary 5 class could go round their local area to “broaden my understanding of the world by learning about human activities and achievements in the past and present” by taking a note of the different styles of buildings in their surroundings to see what the difference is. They can then decide whether the buildings in society are old or new and who they think are responsible for this. They can talk about their own housing and see how it compares to the norm.
- Air Quality Scotland, 2018. [Online] Available: http://www.scottishairquality.scot/latest/?postcode=g11+7lg&postcode-submit.x=0&postcode-submit.y=0&postcode-submit=Search[Accessed: 25/09/18]
- Alessandra Orofino. (2014) [Online] It’s Our City Available: https://www.ted.com/talks/alessandra_orofino_it_s_our_city_let_s_fix_it#t-890770 [Accessed: 24/09/18]
- Cycling in Glasgow, 2018 [Online] Available: https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/cycling-in-glasgow
- Curriculum for Excellence. Curriculum for Excellence: social studies experience and outcomes. [Online] Available: https://education.gov.scot/Documents/social-studies-eo.pdf [Accessed: 25/09/18]
- Glasgow Population ,2018 [Online] Available: http://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/glasgow-population/
- Scottish cities, 2017 [Online] Available: https://www.understandingglasgow.com/indicators/economic_participation/comparisons/with_other_places/employment_by_industry/scottish_cities
- Scottish cities, 2017 [Online] Available: https://www.understandingglasgow.com/indicators/economic_participation/comparisons/scottish_cities