About this event:
The Estes Valley Sierra Club extends an open invitation to a free public screening of the 2018 documentary film The Human Element. It will be shown on Wednesday, February 27th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library.
In ancient Greece, four so-called basic elements were proposed to explain the nature and complexity of all matter: earth, air, water, and fire. Photographer James Balog of Boulder, who produced the film Chasing Ice, has added a fifth: the human element. With stunning cinematography he takes us to Norfolk, Virginia and Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay, both of which are already being significantly impacted by sea-level rise. Next we visit a family and a school in Denver, where children are struggling with asthma resulting from air polluted by Colorado’s gas operations and fossil fuel emissions. Then we see close-up coverage of battling raging wildfires of California while Balog and his crew are embedded with a Cal Fire team. Finally we travel to Kentucky coal country to meet former miners and to hear about a plan to turn areas ravaged by mountain-top removal into productive sites for clean, renewable energy. In all of these examples it is the human element that is affecting the earth, air, water, and fire on our planet. Balog’s stated goal is to bring visual imagery of climate change and related devastation or human suffering to the public’s attention. This powerful film is aimed at a general audience and would be suitable for middle and high school students as well.