The Human Element

eTown Presents Green Screens at eTown Hall: The Human Element

  • When: October 29, 2019 Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Where: eTOWN HALL / 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
  • Cost: $10 Plus Applicable Service Fees
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With unique compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT follows environmental photographer James Balog on his quest to highlight Americans on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.


Doors: 6:00pm

Film Start: 7:00pm (followed by a panel discussion)



A panel discussion and audience Q&A moderated by Nick Forster will follow the screening. This event's panelists include:

Maxwell Boykoff, Ph.D.

Maxwell Boykoff is the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. He also is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies program and is Adjunct faculty in the Geography Department. In addition, Max is a Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz and Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Boykoff's newest book Creative (Climate) Communication is available now.

Amanda Carrico, Ph.D.

Amanda Carrico is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist with an interest in the behavioral dimensions of environmental conservation and adaptation to environmental change. Dr. Carrico draws on mixed methods from the fields of psychology (home discipline), sociology, demography, and economics with a focus on quantitative methods. Her current projects are exploring how environmental stress shape migration and processes of adaptation to water scarcity in agricultural communities. Currently, her research work is situated in the United States, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

Kara F. Mertz

Kara graduated in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Civil Engineering degree.  After graduation, she moved to San Francisco and worked with the Cities of Fremont, Union City, and Newark, California as a regional recycling coordinator.  In 1992, she had a temporary assignment as the Chief Science Officer at American Soil, a commercial food and yard waste composting firm in New Jersey, after which she embarked on a solo backpacking journey through the Canadian Rockies. Her love of the mountains sparked her to settle in Colorado, where she has worked for the City of Boulder for the past 26 years – and today, she manages the city’s zero waste programs. Kara and her team are working to develop a “circular materials” strategy for the city of Boulder- to move beyond recycling and composting our waste - and into the larger system of material use and consumption.

Rod Moraga

Mr. Moraga began working with the Anchor Point Group LLC in 1998, where he is CEO of the firm.  He leads the ecosystem management and prescribed fire divisions implementing comprehensive forest ecosystem plans.  He oversees the fire behavior analysis for hazard and risk assessments, prescribed burns and community wildfire protection plans. He has instructed various NWCG classes from 100 to 400 level to local, state and federal departments. Mr. Moraga has been working in natural resource management for over 30 years.  In 1988, he worked with the USFS on the White River National Forest in Eagle, CO. His primary function was as a timber stand examiner and firefighter. He later worked for the City of Boulder Open Space department as the Ranger Supervisor; responsible for law enforcement, search and rescue, fire and medical response.  In 1997, he became the Forest and Fire Ecologist for the department. In 1999, he was hired by the Boulder fire department as the prescribed fire manager overseeing forest management and prescribed fires on the City's public lands until 2002. He holds a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management (Forestry) from Rutgers University and an A.A.S. degree in Forest Recreation from Paul Smith’s College.


Join us for the scariest thing you can do this Halloween, and walk away with fresh ideas about how you can take action against climate change.