Monday, April 09, 2007


This Wednesday evening SBS TV will air the first of five "reality" shows in the Eco House Challenge series. As you can probably tell from the title, the series challenges Australians to live more sustainably.

The series features two atypical Aussie families -- the six member Shepherd family and the seven member Edwards clan. Over the course of the five shows the families must confront and overcome atypical challenges: use of their cars is forbidden (vehicles are wheel-clamped for dramatic effect) and the electricity, gas and water supplies are cut off.

Eco Coach Tanya Ha will help the families overcome these challenges. Ms Ha is, according to her website, "best known as the Eco Coach in the landmark SBS reality TV series Eco House Challenge". Seriously, she's a Planet Ark veteran and author of "Greeniology", an AU$33 book filled with environmental tips anyone with an ounce of common sense could figure out on his own, thus saving all the energy and trees that went into the book. But then again, buying such a book would give a certain sense of satisfaction at having done something for the environment without actually doing anything.

To encourage viewers to tune in, Eco House Challenge offers an assortment of environmentally friendly weekly prizes totaling over $133,000. It will be interesting to see how the show rates; the big prize haul tells me the show's producers are not confident it has inherent drawing power. Regardless, we better get used to saturation coverage of environmental issues.


Anonymous sfw said...

Look for an ABC (who else) show coming soon called 'Carbon Cops' or something along those lines. It has the carbon police arive at selected familys and audit thier carbon footprint then try to change the way they live. I know a family who took part they came away with about $20k of free mods to their house but had to live with the carbon cops in their house for almost three weeks. The scary thing is there are morons out there who would love to see a real corp of 'carbon cops' and would line up to join. The same fools wonder where the concentration camp guards came from.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous MarkHenryC said...

Is environmental illness a certifiable disease?

12:49 PM  

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