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The Human Element – a documentary movie
January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are touted in astrology as the basic elements of matter. They feature
profoundly in myth and magic. To these, we should add the human element since, even in the arena of
geology – as our impact equals or exceeds those of other forces – the profound impact that humanity
now has on the planet has resulted in the current time being dubbed the Anthropocene Era.
As climate chaos reigns, the impact of the Human Element becomes ever more apparent. In an arresting
new documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE,
environmental photographer James Balog 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.
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, Colorado, 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.
At its Regular Monthly meeting at the Medford Public Library on Tuesday January 28th Southern Oregon
Climate Action will screen ‘The Human Element’ the latest documentary from James Balog (Racing
Extinction, Chasing Ice, The Cove). Since the running time is 80 minutes, the SOCAN program is
scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. SOCAN programs are free and open to the public