The Human Element: Exploring front lines of climate change

The Human Element

“The Human Element” will be presented Friday, Aug. 16, in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room.

We humans are a force of nature. At the same time, human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water and fire – and those elements change human life.

This riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science, follows renowned National Geographic photographer and filmmaker James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community and our changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, “The Human Element” highlights Americans on the front lines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Join UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Film Fest team for the National Geographic film “The Human Element”. James Balog will introduce the film and answer questions together with moderator Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

For almost 40 years, photographer Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of nature. He has become a global spokesman on the subject of climate change and human impact on the environment. Learn more at

Presented by Tahoe Film Fest and UC Davis TERC

Suggested Donation $10 in advance, $15 at the door. All proceeds from this event benefit the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Additional donations are welcome.


  • ‘The Human Element’
    Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
    When: Friday, Aug. 16
    5:30 – 6 p.m.  — Happy hour (including appetizers, beer, wine)
    6 – 6:15 p.m.  —  Special recorded introduction by James Balog
    6:15 – 7:33 p.m. — Film runs 1 hour 18 minutes.
    7:35 – 8 p.m. Zoom question-and-answer session with National Geographic photographer James Balog, moderated by UC Davis TERC director Geoffrey Schladow

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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