Environmental History is the study of human interaction with the natural world. The principal goal of environmental history is to deepen our understanding of how humans have been affected by the natural environment and also how they have affected that environment and with what results.
Environmental historians base their understanding of human and nature relations primarily on historical methodology, but often borrow from the work of scientists and scholars in fields outside of history. As a result, many scholarly contributions pertinent to environmental history are written by scholars who may not even identify themselves as historians.
The C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation organised a National Conference on ‘The Environment and Indian History on January 11 and 12, 2008. The object of the conference was to analyse the various aspects of environmental history and how it impacted on Indian history and the society. Several leading scholars and researchers presented papers during the two days conference. The book on ‘Sacred Animals of India’ authored by Dr.Nanditha Krishna, Hon. Director, CPREEC was also released during the inaugural session of the conference.