It's About People 2024: In Service of Sustainability and Dignity

The 12th Annual Conference of Europe’s Sciences and Arts Leaders and Scholar

INVITED SPEAKER: PLENARY

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Ioannis Liritzis

Dean of Natural Sciences at the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Distinguished Professor at Henan University and Alma Mater Europaea

8 March 2024 at 16:00 17:00 CET  

Remarks on the Repeated Past Major Climatic Events (Mythological Deluges, Hydraulic Works) and Thoughts of Resilience and Mitigation

 

The difficulties associated with studying climate change and social sustainability in archaeology from a transdisciplinary and long-term perspective have been extensively documented through a historical review of natural disasters in the ancient world found in ancient literature and old sacred texts.

»Disasters that have impacted the course of civilization are mentioned in various verses. I will briefly examine the water element, specifically floods, as a destructive force through the lens of mythological deluges worldwide,« explains Professor Liritzis.

The present era experiences such extreme climatic events. Flooding is a major issue, and the recent mega-flooding events echo ancient mythological reports and ancient engineered hydraulic activities. Early hydraulic works to remove flood and marshy environments and apply cultivation from prehistoric times shall be reported.

The lake implies a freshwater diet; however, lakes and pond habitats are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which can be an issue and spread dangerous diseases. »Learning from history should be a guiding principle but must be implemented practically. Projects that receive funding to study the catastrophic consequences of climate crises should shift away from theoretical evaluations and inspire tangible efforts to safeguard cultural heritage, modern life, and infrastructure.
Adopting modern technological tools and practices to prevent disasters is crucial,« adds Professor Liritzis.

 

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Ioannis_Liritzis

Ioannis Liritzis

Dean of Natural Sciences at the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Distinguished Professor at Henan University and Alma Mater Europaea