Thursday, August 25, 2005
No Waste Like HomeReality TV in Great Britain is apparently somewhat different from our Reality TV. At least this show certainly is. I don't get any of those Home/Garden sorts of channels here, so maybe I'm just out of the loop and there are a ton of programs like this. If that's the case, excuse my ignorance. I don't know of anything on prime time network TV that resembles "No Waste Like Home," however. Here's the pitch: A show where the BBC's Queen of Green, Penney Poyzer, comes into the homes of some big time energy/consumables wastrels and refashions their lives into models of Green Awareness, or - in the BBC's own words: "Britain's most wasteful families are about to face the shock of a lifetime and a radical shift in living, as they follow Penney Poyzer's advice on how to cut down on waste and save money."
Really. Would you watch? I certainly would. Here's what the BBC's bio page tells us about Penney:
Penney is an acknowledged expert trainer in household sustainability and is the presenter of BBC Two's No Waste Like Home, where she meets some of Britain's most environmentally-unfriendly families and challenges them to become more eco-aware by getting back to basics.On the website there are all kinds of ideas for implementing a more environmentally conscious lifestyle - in the current "Waste Not Want Not" section there are tips on saving energy and money in the home, good ones too. If you want more Penney, here's an interview - but, most impressive of all, here is the house where Penney and Gil live, the Eco-Home. You can take a virtual tour of this house, which is in truth the house of my Green Dreams. It has solar collectors, composting toilets. greywater collectors, natural plasters, paints and finishes, permaculture gardens. A house like this does not happen overnight, or inexpensively. But, one project at a time, it can happen. Let's hope this show makes it across the pond to become an American primetime experience. Maybe that way we can finally capture the country's full attention.
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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