Next week we start Unit Two: Environmental Ethics and Concepts of Place. As we'll discuss in class, to understand and develop an environmental ethic in relation to place requires an understanding of environmental history. That history entails global/planetary changes in climate, land use, habitation, settlement, disease, and population factors over various periods of time. As the introductory video by Jan Oosthoek explains, environmental history is the history of how nature influences human history and vice versa. Human history and environmental history are inextricable, multifaceted, and complex.
When you write your Place Histories you will essentially be writing an environmental history of the campus woods. To help you understand different factors, events, and developments related to environmental history, check out the following websites: