Saving this Precious and Fragile Planet from Ourselves

610 TUTOR: Brian Anderson

When did homo sapiens start to have a marked effect on our world? This course looks at the Anthropocene; the current geological era in which mankind's activities are having an increasingly negative effect on the planet.You will investigate what can be done to restore balance to our fragile planet's environment and precious wildlife, with case studies of successful projects from the tutor's travels to remote wildernesses and unique ecosystems around the world, including South Georgia, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands and the High Arctic. This richly illustrated course will explain a most topical subject in a clear, informative and entertaining way.

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Course Notes

When did we homo sapiens start to have a marked effect on our world?

We consider mankind's activities and our impacts on the planet at key stages in our history:

Pleistocene between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago - when man discovered fire, began to slash and burn forest and woodland and developed efficient mass hunting of big mammals.

Development of farming - approx 11,000 years ago and the effect this had on the natural environment.

Collision of the Old and New Worlds - from 1492, when rich Europeans discovered the South Americas and this led to the "Colombian Exchange”.

Industrial Revolution @ 1760 - 1880, and its significant worldwide impacts.

The Great Acceleration - the period after WW2, when human populations and their impacts exploded.

We then look at the Anthropocene - the current geological era in which mankind's activities are potentially having a devastating effect on the planet. We end the course investigating what can be done, and what is being done to restore balance to our precious and fragile planet's environment and wildlife.

Course Tutor

Brian Anderson

About Brian

Photographer, architect, educator and adventurer based in Wirral, Merseyside. Brian has over 30 years' experience capturing travel, landscape and wildlife images from 55+ countries and territories on 4 continents, and even further afield to wilderness regions including Galápagos, the geographic North Pole, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic peninsula. Brian has been presenting illustrated talks on his trips since 1998. He runs courses on Photography and lectures to schools, adult colleges & universities on a range of topics and themes. His images and articles appear regularly in brochures, foreign websites and in UK photographic journals. Brian has also been running courses and presenting lectures at Marlborough College Summer School since 2015.

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WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

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1.45PM to 4.30PM

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