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what if it’s all a hoax?

Not sure of its provenance but it works

h/t Sheri Galyean


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Even Eco-Villains need love

Here’s post card number 2 in my fiendishly clever campaign for green domination. It’s my personal favorite.

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who is carson heartwood postcard

We’re hoping to make 2010 a big year for Heartwood and part of that is trying to build up some buzz around the show before we try to pitch it to the tv networks.

We’re going to try something a bit unusual. We’re going to try snail mailing green celebrities and activists.

Yes, it’s wasteful in this day and age, but unless you can get me Leo DiCaprio’s personal e-mail address, I’m not sure how else to reach him. We are using 100% recycled 50% PCW paper via Green Postcards.

Let me know if you want a hard copy of the card set. There will be 4 cards in all. Fingers crossed!

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Silence of the Bees

Just posted the script for Silence of the Bees – Heartwood USA’s episode on colony collapse disorder. Check out the rough draft here (pdf).

CCD – the dramatic and mysterious disappearances of entire bee colonies – is just one of the threats facing bees. Varroa Mites, Tracheal mites (yup, these guys infest the breathing passages of the honey bee) Chalkbrood, Stonebrood, Acute bee paralysis virus, Black Queen Cell Virus, Chronic Paralysis Virus, Cloudy Wing Virus, Deformed Wing Virus, Sacbrood virus.

Basically, it sucks to be a working honey bee.

The experts aren’t certain what’s causing CCD. Scientists are testing hypotheses involving pesticides, climate change, cell phone frequencies and overwork! CCD is already having a big impact on the many farms that rely on bees to pollinate their crops. According to Help the Honey Bees, a site set up by Hagen Dazs, “one out of every the three bites of food an average American eats is directly attributed to honey bee pollination.”

I love Haagen Dazs’ approach to educating folks about it. Check out this great video. I think this is everything an advocacy video should be:

Break dancing bees are silly, but it’s silly with a grounding in fact. Bees actually do a wiggle called the honey dance when they find a juicy source of nectar. Likewise, CCD is totally mysterious. Bee keepers arrive to find a colony just gone.

I hope we capture that same sensibility in our Heartwood episode. We take a somewhat Star Warsian approach to the story. We hope you enjoy. If you work in this field, I hope you post a link to our script!

Burt’s Bees is also working to educate people about this issue. Check out their video:

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Off topic: Hacker’s Holiday

Check out this video I made for my day job:

Mister Tim, the singer and composer, is also the star of Enter Kazoo Man:

And he’s the composer, along with his fellow Moosebutterians, of Star Wars (John Williams is the Man)

You might recall that Tim fart-sang an early version of Cow-a-dunga’s patriotic crescendo. Mister Tim can do anything.

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Flickerlab bows the Wild Life

How much do we love this? Flickerlab, a very cool animation company based in NYC, got a green light for a Green kids show called Wild Life.


The show (note – I can’t seem to get the episodes to play) had its premier on Denmark’s TV2 in October. W00T!

From their press release:

The series, which targets 8-12 year-olds, is designed to teach kids about climate change in a fun, story driven setting… (T)he show’s characters – Lulu, the dreamer turkey; Alfred, the self-centered scheming rat; Socrates, the Zen master Moose; Kai, the Amazing Boy Chicken; and all the raucous residents of Windy Bottom Farms…cluck, whinny, gallop and bicker their way through life, learning about climate change on the way.

Aiming to help “Save the planet one cartoon at a time,” FlickerLab’s twenty-six five-minute episodes each feature a three minute story driven cartoon introducing a theme such as the greenhouse effect, renewable energy, or power, along with a curriculum driven, two-minute animated Climate Cartoon on the theme.

Cool enough, but even cooler… Kids can use Flickerlab’s own animation software to create their own climate change cartoons (pdf).

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this kid could change the world

BBC for Kids green lights a cool new show:

This Kid Could Change The World is a nine x 30-minutes factual series where children from across the country will have their passionate and innovative world-changing ideas put to the test.

A series of heats will gather the best ideas from across the country and the hopefuls will arrive at the HQ to put their ideas into action. Through a series of set tasks two expert innovators and a mysterious benefactor, The Big Cheese, will determine which ideas have the potential to succeed and which will fail out in the real world.


For the series finale an invited studio audience of kids will get to decide which idea gets set in motion by The Big Cheese.

The series is due to transmit in 2010 and will be executive produced for the BBC by Bridget Banton and by Andrew Nicolson for Shine North.

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