The Sundance Channel will begin airing tonight the second season of its award-winning series, The Green. The series is television’s first regularly scheduled program dedicated to the environment and is brought to us by the producers of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The Green is presented by Robert Redford and hosted by environmental journalist Simran Sethi and community advocate Majora Carter. Recurring expert commentators will include scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and Talking Heads frontman and bicycle advocate David Byrne.
Each episode will focus on a different environmental theme as well as various innovations that can help us to understand and deal with the related issues. Topics range from climate change to fashion to consumer gadgets. Tonight’s episode entitled “Big Ideas for a Small Planet: Power” will explore alternative energies. Innovations dealing with clean and renewable energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, and even cow manure will be discussed. Next week’s show will introduce viewers to common household hazards as well as safe and green ways to decorate and maintain a home. One future episode will focus on several individuals who are bringing green to fashion, clothing stores, and dry cleaners.
Though the program’s tagline is “Prime Time for the Planet,” “Sesame Street for Adults” might be more fitting. The series has the potential to really teach us the A-B-C’s of environmental responsibility in ways the average person can relate to. The show promises to show us how we can each act in a more earth-friendly way without drastically changing our lifestyles. Being green is not simply a passing trend. The Green will likely prove Kermit The Frog wrong by helping us to see that it is easy being green.
The Green can be seen on Tuesdays nights at 9pm through June. For more information including a complete list of episodes, check out www.sundancechannel.com/thegreen.