Human development, resources and environmental change

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 to Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.

Wednesday 2 March – Wednesday 13 April 2011 (two full day field visits will be arranged separately). A course run by Hadrian Cook every Wednesday (times to be advised).

The planet is facing unprecedented environmental problems linked to changes in climate and biodiversity, arising from the scramble for economic development throughout human history. It is therefore important to create historical context as we plan for the future. While the mammoth effort to develop natural resources is well-documented, we are often at a loss to answer how, in a situation when humanity is facing limits on development, might a sustainable future be fairly achieved?  There is no easy answer. The course will address not only the history of natural resource management and environmental change by human agency, but it aims to outline blueprints for a sustainable future. Local examples, as well as global, will be used by way of illustration.