|Sundance Channel Series - Eco Trip - the Real Cost of Living|
January 12, 2009
The eight-part original series, “Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living”, hosted by eco-adventurer
David de Rothschild, will premiere on Sundance Channel on April 21st at
9:00pm e/p. The series will trace the origins and environmental impact of
common everyday products such as a cotton t-shirt or a gold ring. “Eco
Trip: The Real Cost of Living” will air as part of THE GREEN, Sundance
Channel’s weekly ecological programming block.
Each of the one-half hour episodes will look at the life cycle of an
everyday item from production to disposal, revealing the environmental,
social and health effects along the way. With host David de Rothschild,
founder of Adventure Ecology—an organization that uses adventure and
storytelling to captivate the imagination, raise global mass media
awareness and inspire individuals, communities and industry to take
positive action for our planet–the series will include a pro-active
component, educating viewers on the decisions they can make to live a
“David has a wonderfully engaging and inquisitive personality that will
charm Sundance Channel viewers as they travel with him to learn about the
impact that the production of everyday objects has on our health and on
our planet,” Sundance Channel EVP and GM Laura Michalchyshyn commented.
“This series reflects Sundance Channel’s ongoing commitment to creating
entertaining and enlightening eco-programming further building on the
success of THE GREEN.”
David de Rothschild’s commitment to the environment has sent him to some
of the world’s most remote and fragile regions. In 2006 he spent over 100
days attempting to cross the Arctic from Russia to Canada, which saw him
become one of only 42 people, and the youngest British person ever to
reach both geographical poles. Prior to his 2006 ‘Top of the World Arctic
Expedition’, he had already become one of only 14 people ever to traverse
the continent of Antarctica. 2009 will see David cross the Pacific from
San Francisco to Sydney in a boat built from plastic bottles and recycled
materials. This expedition has the working title of “The Plastiki” in
homage to Thor Heyerdal’s Kontiki Expedition. The aim of the expedition is
to draw attention to rethinking our everyday human fingerprints on the
natural world and to capture the world’s imagination by telling the story
of the pioneering, smart and sustainable design process of creating and
building The Plastiki, to our oceans and the many challenges it and its
“Eco Trip” is produced by NBC's Peacock Productions (“The Education of Ms.
Groves,” “In His Own Words: Brian Williams on Hurricane Katrina,” “Global
Warming: What You Need to Know”), Sharon Scott is the executive in charge,
Colleen Halpin is the executive producer, and Remy Weber is the director.
Benjamin Ringe and Knute Walker are co-executive producers for NBC's
Peacock Productions. The Executive Producers of "Eco Trip" for Sundance
Channel are Laura Michalchyshyn, Lynne Kirby and Ann Rose.
"Eco Trip" is sponsored by Subaru.
ABOUT SUNDANCE CHANNEL:
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markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts
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