Review of “Down to Earth”
By Bahar Bouzarjomehri
In this Netflix original series, Zac Efron and health and wellness expert Darin Olien traveled the world searching for communities that have been leading the sustainability movement. Each place Efron and Olien visited demonstrates how locals are working with their natural resources in order to make the world a healthier place to live. For instance, in the first episode they traveled to Iceland and learned about the country’s efficient use of geothermal energy. Whereas over 63% of the United States electricity production comes from fossil fuels, the use of geothermal energy and other renewable resources have allowed Iceland to become completely free of fossil fuels. I repeat- completely free (we could learn a thing or two from
them). Throughout the series, Efron and Olien traveled to seven other countries including France where they learned about its tap water system and Costa Rica where they visited an ecovillage that repurposes human waste into fertilizer and fuel. Not only does this series highlight how different places are taking on the climate crisis, it also shows unique cultures and cuisines across the world. Overall, it was inspiring to see others acknowledging the seriousness of climate change and taking action against it.