BBC History Magazine
All fired up
Our need for energy, and the changing ways we’ve sourced and used it, has been a powerful driver in human history. That’s the premise of a new four-part series from the BBC’s chief environment correspondent,Justin Rowlatt.
He begins by exploring how our OCUVGT[ QH TG VTCPUHQTOGF QWT OGVCDQlism, as the unique ability to cook changed the way our bodies access the energy food provides. The second episode looks at what Rowlatt calls “the original solar energy revolution”, when humans harnessed the power of the sun’s rays to grow food. At Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire, armed with a Stone Age mattock, he discovers that cultivating plants was hard work.
Subsequent programmes focus on fossil fuels and on the technological advances that are rapidly reducing the pricesof both renewable energy and electric vehicles.
A Pyrotechnic History of Humanity
BBC Radio 4 / Expected to air Tuesday 30 March