Past interactions between Humans and Nature

Humankind is part of nature and the biological and cultural evolution of our species has always been influenced by the natural environment. On the other way, humankind gradually started to increase its own influence on nature, by controlling and exploiting and domesticating animal and plant populations, and by the development of complex human societies. The impacts of human actions on global biodiversity and climate have recently become so widespread that many observers now speak of the “Anthropocene”.