The Impact of environmental degradation on human migrations

Five YUFE universities, University of Antwerp, University of Bremen, University of Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (NCU), have gathered researchers and experts from various fields that give an insight into their perspective on sustainability. The lecture series takes place online and in English. The participation is free of charge.

This lecture is a richly illustrated journey from prehistoric times to the present day, answering a few fundamental questions important from the point of view of current environmental changes:

  • How did soil cover influence the rise and fall of great civilizations?
  • Are the soil resources finite?
  • How does Anthropocene scalp the Earth?
  • Who are the environmental refugees and how much are they connected with soil degradation?

The presentation will show the effects of environmental degradation from ancient Mesopotamia to the contemporary problems of the Sahel zone. The causes of the disappearance of the Aral Lake, the formation of Dust Bowls and the floods in the Far East and Central America will also be shown. Examples of ways to deal with the above environmental problems will also be shown.


Dr hab. Marcin Świtoniak (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń)

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