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The Green Life: Sesame Street Goes Green

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November 10, 2009

Sesame Street Goes Green

To celebrate the 40th season of the popular children's show Sesame Street, the Muppets are going green. This season's premiere will launch a two-year curriculum called "My World is Green and Growing," an environmental initiative that will feature segments like the above video, in which Michelle Obama helps Elmo, Big Bird, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang plant a vegetable garden. The series will also teach children about animal habitats, hibernation, migration, and the scientific method. But don't expect a Muppet version of An Inconvenient Truth: "Global warming and deforestation--those are really adult concepts, and it's just too scary for children," Sesame Workshop's Rosemarie Truglio told National Geographic News. Instead, the show's producers hope that children who develop positive feelings about the environment at a young age will grow up to be advocates for the earth. Truglio explained that "when you love something, you want to take care of it."

--Della Watson

For additional green-parenting resources, check out our tips for getting kids outside and our roundup of books about eco-activities for kids.

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