May 13, 2020: “The Human Element” – Film Screening (Havre de Grace, MD)

Date: May 13, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, MD 21078

We humans are a force of nature. At the same time as human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life as well. During his four-decade career as an environmental photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Human activity has now surpassed all other forces shaping our world. Balog’s work has challenged us to contemplate our place in, and responsibility to, the natural world.The Human Element

features subjects who are often overlooked victims of climate change. Balog visits Tangier Island, a fishing community facing the imminent reality of sea level rise threatening their future. We meet Yadira Sanchez and her three children in Denver, all of whom suffer from asthma, and attend a special school for children struggling with air. Balog embeds with a Cal Fire strike team on the frontlines of the most expensive wildfire in California history. And he ventures deep into Kentucky coal country, meeting unemployed miners finding hope from a new source.Balog argues that humans are part of the whole system of nature and not apart from it. Knowing this, he finds great hope that the fifth element, the human element, can bring the whole system back into balance. From the producers of Racing ExtinctionThe Cove and Chasing Ice, this new documentary captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element inspires us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Watch the official trailer below:

Presented as part of the monthly Environmental Film Series, which is made free to the public through the ongoing partnership of the Havre de Grace Green Team and the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. All film screenings are held inside the Maritime Museum’s main gallery, and will be immediately followed by a discussion.