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Natural History on the Big Screen: The Human Element
Baird Auditorium

 Human Element Poster


FREE ticketed event

The National Museum of Natural History, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) invite you to a screening of The Human Element, produced by James Balog and Olivia Ahnemann. A Q&A with James Balog (Producer, The Human Element) and Matthew Testa (Director, The Human Element), moderated by Scott Wing (Research Scientist and Curator of Fossil Plants, NMNH) will follow. 


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.


This program is offered with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, in conjunction with the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting (December 10-12), as part of Natural History on the Big Screen, a series that introduces audiences to the latest environmental films addressing our relationship with the planet. 

Accessibility Information

The National Museum of Natural History is committed to providing inclusive experiences for all audiences. Please contact 202-633-3611 or email for access services. To view and print a map with accessible entrances, curb cuts, designated parking, and more for Smithsonian facilities on the National Mall, please download the Accessibility Map here. 

Sign Language Interpretation

If you would like to have a sign language interpreter or real-time captioning (CART), you should call (202) 633-3611 or send an e-mail to Please allow time to schedule the request by contacting the Accessibility Office at least 2 weeks prior to the program. We will do our best to accommodate last-minute requests.

Time: 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20013-7012
United States

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