We cannot think about processes of development in the world today without thinking about their impact on the natural environment and resources. An established body of research has engaged with the ways in which models of development and growth have ecological implications. This course takes you through the history and socio-economic impact of development interventions on ecological systems. We learn about basic concepts and principles of ecology (ecosystem organisation, resilience, diversity etc) and survey the fundamentals of environmental legislation and regulatory bodies at the national and global levels. In this course, we learn how about how the planet works and create for it a health report, while imagining what the future holds after man’s dominance of life on earth in the last centuries.