What effects in the past did population growth, increasing use of fossil fuels, agricultural burning activities, deforestation, management of water resources, etc., have on the environment and which lasting changes in the climate did this human activity provoke on local and global levels? What can we learn from identified cases of anthropogenic climate change in the past? How did past societies respond to, reflect on, and explain climate events and the role of human agency therein? And what do cases of anthropogenic climate change tell us about the human relationship to environment and land?
This symposium seeks to explore these questions from a humanities perspective, to understand the human activities that likely induced changes in environment and climate, and how people gave meaning to these activities and their effects—prior to and post impacts.