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Produced by Daria Ellerman; directed by Moira Simpson

Rhea Productions, 1990. VHS cassette, 22:00 min., $295.00.
Distributed by T.H.A. Media Distributors Ltd., 1100 Homer St., Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2X6

Grades 7 and up/Ages 12 and up
Reviewed by Ann Fagan.

Volume 19 Number 5
1991 October

The focus of this video is a young family dedicated to improving the environment not only through recycling but also by educating others about "going green." This education is done by giving in-home workshops to small groups about recycling, re-using and reducing (consumption). Although the presentation is informative and pleas­ant, it is also rather tedious for a portion of the intended audience. Adults generally have the patience to listen and learn from this type of didactic presenta­tion. Young adults, however, may find the lack of humour and "zip" a draw­back to absorbing information.

Apart from the humdrum presenta­tion, the video's strength is apparent: there are many practical ideas about how to make recycling manageable in a family, the importance of re-using materials is stressed, and the possibility of reducing the use of overpackaging is discussed. The segment about alterna­tive household cleaners is useful, but again, not of much interest to teenagers, unless they are working on a school project about this topic.

The real challenge in this video is trying to match the family's garbage output of one and a half bags a year, and their grocery shopping of one half cart per month for a family of four.

I would recommend this video for adult education about the environment, but recommend it with reservations for younger people.

One added note: in the opening scene the family is seen cycling with two very young children, but without bicycle helmets. Should such a conscientious group not be seen promoting an issue as timely and important as bicycle safety?

Ann Fagan, Montreal, Que.
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