Perhaps you remember back a few months ago when we visited with the Green Ambassadors (see video above). Considering our focus here on AutoblogGreen, we showcased the biodiesel segment of GAs and one of the groups co-leaders, Josh Tickell, author of Biodiesel America: How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America from Middle-East Oil Dependence and Money Growing Fuel. The program's other leader is Sara Laimon, who is going to be on TV tonight with the Plastics Art Forever team of Ambassadors. The names comes from, you know, the fact that like diamonds, plastics are forever. At least, the kind of plastics that the Ambassadors want to eliminate, not the corn starch kind.
You'll see some of the same faces on this week's episode of The Green on Sundance as in the video above. Once again, Sundance provided us with a screener copy and you can read my review/preview of the episode after the jump.
The first idea in tonight's Big Ideas for a Small Planet three-part structure is Environmental Education. I don't want to use the word "breezy" again to describe the editing, but I just can't get away from that feeling when I watch this show. It's easy to watch, but certainly not overwhelmed with statistics or details. This makes Big Ideas easy to watch, but not good for your research paper.
Anyway, Laimon, a teacher at Environmental Charter High School and friend of AutoblogGreen, takes the kids to Ballona Creek, part of the only wetlands in Los Angeles County, to pick up plastic and other trash. Someone in the Green Ambassador's knows how to make a point and this is seen in how the kids turn the junk they find into boats and then stage a public advocacy day to educate passersby and politicians. Like I was when I met these students, I'm once again impress with the way these students engage with the environmental message. More power to them.
The second bit on Big Ideas is Kid Activists, featuring 11-year-old Evan Green (how perfect a name is that for a show like this?), the founder of the Red Dragons Team. This segment is just inspiring beyond belief. Take this quote from Evan:
"I've actually always been interested in the environment, but I have to say when I started hearing about the troubles, when I was about three years old, I used to plan out, like, trying to be king or superrich so I could buy or order people not to dig up land."
Three? Man, just thinking about someone developing an environmental consciousness at three years old is enough to give me hope for the future. And he's already been a great power for getting other kids involved in saving the rain forest with, undoubtedly, more to come.
There's more to the show, but I don't want to reveal everything. You can watch it tonight at 9 pm if you have cable, live in the U.S., and have the time (notice I'm not taking much for granted here). The other segment is on environmentally-friendly toys.