Hollywood movies  are California’s second largest source of pollution…

Between the generators used to light movie scenes to the explosives used for special effects, a UCLA study showed that the movie industry was the second largest polluter in California.

But don’t be alarmed: Some studios are looking for ways to become carbon neutral: using recycled plastic for the red carpets or using hybrid cars for car chases. Using Biodiesel fuel in generators or solar energy are another way to cut pollution.
But the major way to become carbon neutral on the set is to buy carbon credits, which actually doesn’t do anything but make the politicians and businessmen (not to mention carbon traders) in the countries that sell carbon credits rich, with little evidence that it benefits anyone in the long run.

And for those paranoid about subliminal messages in rock lyrics or the fact that companies pay movie companies to have characters openly use their products in film, you will be happy to hear that companies will now incorporate “green” propaganda into the film plots. So your hero might kill a dozen bad guys along with a few dozen innocent bystanders, make love to every attractive woman in sight, and lie, cheat and steal (all for a good cause) but he will be driving a Prius and remember to pick up all those used cartridges after shooting to recycle them.

Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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