Muppet Monday: Being Green Every Day

It’s been awhile since I gushed about Jim Henson: The Biography (although I did plug it at a lunch with a friend last week) so here I am again… to remind you it’s a must-read. (My review if you need a refresher.)

One of the smaller details that I learned by reading Brian Jay Jones’ book (and marked in my trusty notebook) was a series of PSAs Jim Henson created for the National Wildlife Federation in the 1980s.

[Jim] was particularly passionate about ecology and the environment, embracing conservation, wildlife preservation, and clean air and water. “At this point in my life, I decided, rightly or wrongly, that there are many situations in this life that I can’t do much about: acts of terrorism, feelings of nationalistic prejudice, cold war, etc. So what I should do is concentrate on the situations my energy can affect.” – Jim Henson: The Biography (Page 368)

After spending plenty of time in the sunshine this weekend, I thought it was perfect timing to share these videos with you. Because as that genius “kid” Robin states, taking care of our planet isn’t something we should only think about one day of the year.

I love Miss Piggy’s “lights out” philosophy in the next one.

As my trusty partner-in-crime put it, it’s crazy how 30-ish years later, these PSAs still apply.

The Muppets partnership with the National Wildlife Federation drives home my point that the Muppets need to be made a part of Animal Kingdom some way. Never a better reason to integrate the Muppets into the theme parks in a fresh way than reminding people to take care of our environment! I mean, c’mon, their resume fits the bill perfectly!

“Growing up as an artist, I’ve always been in awe of the incredible beauty of every last bit of design in nature. The wonderful color schemes of nature that always work harmoniously are particularly dazzling to me.” – J. Henson.

So, today, a tiny reminder to smell the roses and do your part. Sometimes it IS easy to be green.

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