By: Bianca Velasquez
“Education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel” – Jim Stovall
The idea of sustainability evolves over time. Some countries have been observing these methods for years, some are just starting their journey. In the Netflix series “Down To Earth” Zac Efron, together with Darin Olien, travel to different parts of the world to go on a spiritual and educational expedition by connecting with the earth and learning from other people how they care for the earth in the hopes of revealing newfound knowledge. Zac and Darin travel to 8 places namely; Iceland, France, Costa Rica, Sardinia, Lima, Puerto Rico, London, and Iquitos. One episode is dedicated to one place as they take us on their quest to find solutions to various environmental and societal problems that we all face today.
Iceland reveals their efforts in achieving renewable energy, France shares how they prioritize water as part of their citizen’s health, Costa Rica is where they got to learn about their educational system for children and they explored an eco village, Sardinia is one of the ‘Blue Zones’ of the world so Zan and Darin explore the lifestyles of the people who live there that may reveal the secret to a long life, Lima is where they observe how they preserve certain foods to ensure that the world does not run out, Puerto Rico reveals how they protect their people from the dangers of natural disasters, London was their playground for learning about the importance of bees and the steps to countering pollution, and Iquitos is where they learn about the value of plants and natural resources to help keep our minds and bodies healthy.
Oftentimes we learn about how much danger the world is in now from the deteriorating forests to the depletion of natural resources, but many of us do not understand how we can actually combat these problems. Sometimes we feel helpless because the only thing we can do is watch the world fade through our screens but this docuseries has definitely been an eye opener for viewers. Sometimes it does not take a large amount of energy or money to be able to contribute. We can start by simply eating plant-based food once a week, donating to an organization that helps the environment, reducing our plastic waste, preserving our bees, and many more. It is important for us to realize how important it is to do our part in solving some of the world’s biggest problems because after all, ultimately we all live under the same roof and in the same home, so we all must work together to take care of it. Share with us in the comments below how you have been contributing to the wellness of our home!