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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Down to Earth with Zac Efron is a travel documentary series that looks at some of the environmentally friendly activities people around the world are doing to improve the well-being of the communities around them. There are some images of natural disasters and their aftermath, as well as conversations about deaths and damage. Drinking is visible, ritualistic smoking is shown, and addiction is briefly discussed. The series also features ecotourist activities, wellness spas, and other attractions in the different regions visited. Logos for Visa and a range of nonprofit organizations and initiatives are also prominently visible throughout.
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What's the story?
DOWN TO EARTH WITH ZAC EFRON is a documentary series starring actor and singer Zac Efron and self-proclaimed wellness expert and author Darin Olien as they travel around the world to learn how climate change is impacting the planet, and how different communities are making healthier, planet-friendly choices. From traveling to Iceland, where they learn how to bake bread in the volcanic hot springs, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they see how efforts are being made to sustainably rebuild after Hurricane María, the duo learn how people in different parts of the world are trying to live healthy, sustainable lives amidst the ongoing environmental changes impacting the planet. While there, they take some time to enjoy some of the food, wine, and attractions each area has to offer. Appearances by people like actress Anna Kendrick, controversial San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, and chef Jose Andrés also add to each experience.
Is it any good?
This interesting but somewhat superficial travel documentary tries to make a connection between wellness, climate change, and using the resources we have around us to live better lives. New initiatives, as well as ongoing global projects designed to lessen human impact on the environment, are highlighted. It also reveals some of the smaller, more environmentally friendly efforts individuals are making to improve the lives of the people in their communities. Throughout it all, the hosts ask lighthearted questions and briefly comment on what they've seen, tasted, and experienced.
The message in Down to Earth with Zac Efron about the importance of finding ways to improve our well-being by living sustainably and protecting our natural resources is a positive one. But the discussions lack depth, and Darin Olien frequently uses the opportunity to share non-science-based advice and promote his book and wellness services. The obvious promotion of specific businesses in each location is also hard to ignore. As a result, it's not the most informative of series, but Down to Earth with Zac Efron is entertaining enough to watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Down to Earth with Zac Efron connects ideas about wellness with information about climate change. What does one have to do with the other? Is the relationship between the two clear throughout this series?
This series raises awareness about the impact of climate change on people's lives. What are some things you can do locally to help your own community?
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