Risk and Tragedy



“People will often say how can I help? I am just a normal person working all day for my family?” – This statement, quoted from natural climate change blog, strikes me. For once, I was one of those people asking, “anu nga bang magagawa ko? (What can I do?), “… when in fact, there are a lot of things we can do.

In this map, the theme is serious especially when it comes to its campaign regarding climate change and how people can be part of either making the environment worse or better to avoid tragedies brought by natural changes. What is special in this map is the content of the map itself. It’s either it’s my first time to see map regarding tragedies and risks in the Philippines or it is the first map that retaliates the correlation of tragedies location to the risk and hazards on the located areas. One thing that I admire in this map is that it is simple and straightforward with regard to its message. Since the topic is serious and immediate actions are needed, content and message of the map should be striking and direct to the audience – and that is exactly what this map showcases. It serves its purpose for professional target audience. Yes only for those who are knowledgeable in maps, but for the public who rarely use maps, it would be a bit difficult to assess.

The layout gives a neat presentation of data in the map. Texts could easily be read, the only problem is that the legends were positioned on both sides, making the legend on the upper right corner looks like the title of the map (though has no tile at all). Also, the choropleth color could be easily interpreted by those who are knowledgeable in map making, but for public, it would be difficult to differentiate colors (which is the extreme and which corresponds to the low). Though number labels below would help, still it could be misleading to the readers. Lastly, the symbol used for tragedies looks like a cyclone/typhoon symbol making it a bit difficult to understand.

The purpose and objective of the map were served to map makers and those who are knowledgeable to maps, but to public, the maker needs to simplify further, re-arrange the layout and put more clear labels, so that even the public who are not expose much in maps could easily understand it. I believe this map is also intended to be understand by public since we are the one who would experience this tragedy if mitigation is not implemented.

Source: http://naturalclimatechanges.blogspot.com

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