In his Netflix show Down to Earth, Zac Efron proves to be much more than Troy Bolton from High School Musical, or that hunky guy from Baywatch. Efron and his close friend Darin Olien (or as many people refer to him, the “Indiana Jones of Superfoods”), travel the world, learning how to live more sustainably. They tackle some of the world’s biggest environmental problems and share ways that different countries are combatting them effectively.
Part of the show’s appeal is getting to know the entertaining and humorous duo of Efron and Olien. The team visits eight incredible locations on their inspirational journey, and the ones that stood out to me the most include Iceland, France, Sardinia, and London.
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The message of Down to Earth is not necessarily that we need to apply all of these methods of sustainability into our lives. For instance, in one episode they literally bake a loaf of bread in the boiling sand of a hot spring. This has been a criticism of the show by some Americans, who think that these ways of living are not applicable to this country and are therefore irrelevant. However, the critics are missing the point. The purpose of the show is not to adopt these exact ways of living, but rather open our minds to new ideas. Whether it’s using more renewable energy, putting a greater emphasis on locally sourced food, or reducing the amount of pollution we produce, we can create our own sustainable practices that make sense for us as a nation.