YUFE online lecture series: The Impact of environmental degradation on human migrations

Beginn : 26. Oktober 2022, 17:00 Uhr
Ende : 26. Oktober 2022, 18:30 Uhr

This online lecture is part of the series "Giveearth a chance - paths to sustainableliving" and is organised by the YUFE Alliance. The series is dedicated to the topic of sustainability and looks at the subject from five different angles:

  • Sustainable building – from theory to practice
  • Sustainable tourism for sustainable society
  • The impact of environmental degradation on human migrations
  • Sustainable development and poverty reduction – interconnected causes, multidisciplinary research and integrated policies
  • How climate change drives biodiversity loss – and how to counteract it

The lectures will be held in English and participation is free of charge. They are open to all interested parties: Bremen citizens, students and university staff members. We welcome interested people from all backgrounds.


The Impact of environmental degradation on human migrations

The 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)
Professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń – geographer, author of academic and secondary school textbooks, researcher and lecturer. His research interests are related to soil erosion and cultural landscapes. Apart from scientific work, he is passionate about travel, especially if he can combine it with various forms of active tourism. He spent several months behind the Arctic Circle, climbed Elbrus and Mont Blanc, and in recent years he has been fascinated by Africa.





Academy of Continuing Education
University of Bremen
Dr. Petra Boxler
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Phone: +49 421 218-61600

University of Bremen
Charlotte Simmat
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Phone: +49 421 218-60347