21 events in the collective memory of humanity and one future quake: A new video posted on the Environmental History Resources YouTube Channel.
This video presents 21 events that can be seen as turning points in the relationship between humans and the environment. Topics include deforestation, mining and oil extraction, nuclear disaster, bugs, Earth Day, a dust veil event and the invention of agriculture. The events discussed in the video move beyond the confines of human history. The earliest event is the asteroid impact that ended the age of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. At the other end of the timeline the video moves into the future and speculates about a future mega-earthquake in the Tokyo Bay area. In spatial terms, events are scattered over all five continents as well as the entire globe.
The video is based on an article compiled and introduced by Frank Uekötter: "What Should We Remember? A Global Poll Among Environmental Historians", Global Environment, 11 (2013), pp. 184-214, and is freely available from the publisher's website. http://www.erica.demon.co.uk/GE/GEcont.html#GE11 #environmentalhistory