Although alternative technologies are often mentioned in the media, the details remain esoteric. Hollywood gives us a vague overview with programs that attempt to show what green living is all about, but they’re obviously trying harder to entertain than to teach. I’m somewhat impressed by “Living With Ed”, a program that attempts to teach and entertain at the same time, but the trend seems to be to move away from substance. Les (Survivorman) Stroud’s journal of his off-grid living project was interesting, but woefully short on details. Les admits that photovoltaic (PV) technology is not his strong point, and as a casual viewer I spotted several mistakes.
The worst I’ve seen so far is the Tommy Lee vs. Ludicris competition called Battleground Earth on the Science Channel. Here we have two people who don’t have a clue, competing with each other to see who can be more green. What a joke! The contestants and their teams compete to solve riddles and to assemble pre-fabricated projects. It’s like watching someone put together a small jigsaw puzzle, and with the same educational value. This so-called “reality” program is laughable, and the Science Channel should be embarrassed for showing it. The producers believe that these two “big stars” will inspire others to go green. I doubt it. The goal of the first challenge was to see who could be the first to use solar power to illuminate a large sign with their name on it. Someone should remind the Science Channel that solar power can also help reduce our dependence on oil, while helping to clean up the environment. There are so many things wrong with this program that I won’t even begin to list them here.
Programs like those listed above may have some entertainment value, but you’ll need details if you want to accomplish anything. I suggest that you:
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