The Lazy Environmentalist TV Poster Image

The Lazy Environmentalist

(i)

 

Show about easy ways to help the planet is OK for tweens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series showcases different ways to make eco-friendly choices without altering your life too much. Though clearly "pro green," it's nonjudgmental in its approach.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No logos are visible, but references are made to using Brita filters and other products to save money and reduce waste.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional wine consumption during meals.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this decidedly "pro green" series -- which highlights ways that people can make eco-friendly choices without sacrificing the quality of their lives and/or businesses -- is pretty mild overall, there's occasional drinking (usually during a meal). Older tweens and teens interested in environmental issues will find it interesting, but most kids probably won't find it too exciting.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

THE LAZY ENVIRONMENTALIST highlights easy solutions for living a greener lifestyle. In each episode, radio personality/author Josh Dorfman looks for simple, realistic ways for communities and business owners to lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing quality, convenience, or style. With the help of various experts, Dorfman explores ways to make more eco-friendly food choices, consume less fuel, and reduce waste. He also looks for environmentally sound substitutes for things that may look, taste, and/or function as well as their less-green counterparts. After folks test and discuss his findings, he leaves them to make the greener choices that work for them.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Despite its title, this mild series actually works pretty hard to underscore the idea
that living a greener lifestyle doesn't require a lot sacrifice -- simply an awareness of what we're consuming and a willingness to change some less-than-ideal habits. It also demonstrates how people can find ways to be more environmentally friendly and still easily support their
personal and business needs.

Although the show is a promotional vehicle for the host's pro-green agenda, The Lazy Environmentalist is remarkably non-judgmental. Dorfman himself points out eco-friendly alternatives that don't really work for him (like driving around hot Los Angeles without air conditioning), though they may click for others. Ultimately, the show's overall message is clear: Any green changes you make -- no matter how small they are -- will make a major positive difference to our planet.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media educates people about positive lifestyle changes. Do you think shows like this help inspire people to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, or are they just a trendy form of entertainment? Families can also discuss ways that they can live a greener life. Are there habits that you can break or things you can substitute in order to reduce your carbon footprint? Is there anything that you wouldn't be willing to change?

TV details

Premiere date:June 16, 2009
Cast:Josh Dorfman
Network:Sundance Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

This review of The Lazy Environmentalist was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Series argues that it is easy being green.
  • Families learn to live a greener life -- for cash.
  • Being green not always easy for eco-minded actor.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?