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It's Not Easy Being Green

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Brit family works together to live greener life.

TV BBC Reality TV 2006
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The show offers some interesting insight on the ways that an old house can be become environmentally friendly and showcases some of the "do-it-yourself" projects that can be done to make it so. Dick Strawbridge's easy-to-follow explanations (often accompanied by graphics) about his sustainability projects are also informative. But when Dick's best-laid plans go awry, there are some mildly tense moments -- particularly when Brigit is unimpressed with his strategies and/or green devices. Meanwhile, both Charlotte and James -- who are both university students -- are supportive of their parents' mission and pitch in on many endeavors. (It's a nice change to see people cooperating on a reality show instead of bickering all the time!)

It's Not Easy Being Green demonstrates how complicated living a completely eco-friendly lifestyle can be in a modern world. It stresses the idea that you must be willing to do additional -- and often hard -- work to be self-sufficient. Many of the DIY projects can't be done without the help of professionals, and they're often costly, too. But to the Strawbridges, these inconveniences are minor and well worth the trouble if they helps the planet. These positive messages make the series worth watching. While young kids may not find the series particularly exciting, older tweens, teens, and adults may well be inspired to try a little harder to go green.

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