FIRST LOOK: Down to Earth (TV Series) Season 1 – Netflix

High School Musical’s Zac Efron goes heavy into climate change mode, visiting different parts of the world to explore how to think differently about how to live in a way that is healthy and sustainable.

Not exclusionary for eco-freaks, the first two episodes watched were accessible, fascinating and compelling. The show doesn’t handle the messages in a preachy way, rather it shows how people are thinking about solving every day problems with renewable energy.

For example, baking bread in Iceland inside volcanic ground. What a great, fun idea! They harvest and utilize the steam for powering the city as well as heating the roads so they don’t have to snowplow them.

In each episode, Efron teams up with author Darin Olien, who wrote the nutrition bestseller: SuperLife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome and sometimes friends like Anna Kendrick in the second episode in France as they sample different kinds of natural water.

Olien and Efron travel to a number of different countries, including Iceland, Costa Rica, Sardinia, and Peru. “We need to start rethinking how we consume everything,” continues Efron. “From our food to our power.”

Zac Efron’s Netflix Series ‘Down to Earth’ Examines the Climate Crisis | LIVEKINDLY

The trailer:

This is not my normal TV series interest wheelhouse, which is part of the reason I liked it. May not binge this or formally review it here, but if the other six episodes are anything like the first two, I’ll enjoy watching, thinking more about the subject matter and this amazing planet earth we all live on and sometimes take for granted.

Down To Earth with Zac Efron Season 1 – all 8 episodes (run times from 35-47 minutes per episode) – are available for streaming on Netflix as of July 10, 2020.

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