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The Human Element

In The Human Element, renowned photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements— air, earth, fire and water— to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining, and the changes in the air we breathe. With compassion and heart, The Human Element tells an urgent story while giving inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.


DCEFF, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) invite you to this special screening followed by a Q&A with James Balog (Producer) and Matthew Testa (Director), moderated by Scott Wing (Research Scientist and Curator of Fossil Plants, NMNH).