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CEMS MOVIE NIGHT – The Human Element

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Location: Virtual event hosted by Denver SIE FilmCenter



5:45 – 6 pm    Log In To Virtual Event

6 – 7:15 pm     Movie Screening

7:15 – 8 pm     Panel Discussion


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.    

Watch the film trailer here:

Panel Discussion With:

Dr. Deserai Crow is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at CU Denver. She researches local and state-level environmental policy, including stakeholder participation and influence, information sources used, and policy outcomes. Her work often focuses on environmental risks such as climate change, natural disasters, and oil and gas development. Prior to her academic work, she worked as a broadcast journalist and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Crow earned her PhD from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in Environmental Policy. She is married to Congressman Jason Crow who represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. She grew up in Colorado and loves to ski, hike, and enjoy all of Colorado’s amazing places with her family.

Marguerite Harden is the Local Resiliency Manager at the Colorado Resiliency Office within the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Prior to her current role, she spent 10 years working in clean energy, climate change, and environmental non-profit management. She began her career as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She went on to become a founder and director of a non-profit leading State and community-level sustainability work in Hawaii, where her interest in resilience was first sparked. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment. When she is not thinking about resilience, she can be found doing pottery, yoga, or enjoying the mountains.

Dr. Gabriele (Gabi) Pfister earned her Master’s degree in Geophysics and Meteorology and her doctorate in Geophysics at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria. After a postdoc at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand, she joined the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 2002 under an Austrian Erwin Schroedinger Fellowship. Her graduate research focused on shortwave radiative transfer through the atmosphere. She has since expanded her research to the field of tropospheric chemistry and air quality. She has developed models of global and regional chemical transport, and used satellite retrievals of atmospheric composition and observations to integrate modeling and measurements in her research. Pfister’s work is of direct relevance to society, and she has established strong connections with stakeholders, air quality managers, and policymakers. Pfister co-led the Front Range Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ), a highly successful 2014 field campaign along the Colorado Front Range with a focus on studying summertime ozone pollution.

Panel discussion will be moderated by Brian LaFlamme, CEMS Past President.


$5/Person includes event registration and one entry for the raffle (prizes include CEMS swag and movie tickets!).  A link to the film & panel discussion will be provided by email prior to event.


$150/Sponsorship includes one event registration, your logo displayed during the event introduction, and a one-time ¼ page ad in a future CEMS Newsletter.


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