About the Film
AN EARTH VISION FILM PRODUCTION in association with EARTH VISION INSTITUTE
We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life.
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. OUT NOW.
IN the PRESS
LESSON PLANS AND FILM CLIPS FOR EDUCATORS
Free lesson plans to complement THE HUMAN ELEMENT in your classroom
Clips of the film and accompanying lesson plans for middle and high school students are available to educators free of charge. This dynamic curriculum engages students and teachers in forward-looking dialogue and thoughtful discussions around climate change and its impacts on their communities and daily lives. Through compelling scientific and visual evidence, students will learn how the Anthropocene—the current epoch of systemic human change in the environment—is affecting four foundational elements: earth, air, water, and fire.
The curriculum, a mixture of art and science mirroring the film, can be used in either humanities or science classes. All lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
EACH LESSON INCLUDES:
- Background information
- Discussion guides and project suggestions
- Links to partners working in relevant fields
- Additional resources
- Extension activities for more advanced learning
THE LESSON PLANS:
- Full film lesson: For educators who screen the full film for their students, this lesson focuses on the broad concepts introduced in THE HUMAN ELEMENT, includes some media literacy prompts, and can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as an introduction to the full series of lessons.
- Four film chapter lessons: Each of the four elements in the film – earth, air, water and fire – has its own separate lesson plan and accompanying film clip, ideal for fitting into class periods. These chapters can be used a stand-alone lessons, or as part of a series.
- Culminating lesson: This lesson can be taught at the end of the elemental series for students to compile their insights and art projects to share as a classroom or larger community exhibit.
MEET the TEAM
Director Matthew Testa has been working in documentary film and television for two decades, often focusing on the environment, social justice issues and the interplay between people and nature.
Olivia Ahnemann has been producing and directing documentary films for nearly 20 years. Most recently, she produced Under the Gun with director Stephanie Soechtig, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was distributed by EPIX/Lionsgate.
Writer / Film Subject
For 35 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems.
After graduating from Colorado College with degrees in film and anthropology, Daniel began working at the Oceanic Preservation Society, the filmmakers behind the Academy Award-winning documentary THE COVE, on their highly anticipated second film, RACING EXTINCTION.
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