It’s hard grappling with the state we are leaving this planet to our children. When it comes down to what we can do ourselves, there are many options. But one I think about is decreasing the amount of “Stuff” we buy. It’s really an extension of our hunting instincts with a flash of feel good when we score something. Then it quickly goes away and the item sits on our shelf. Or at times we try and add to our identity, when we want to align ourselves with something we buy.
When it comes to merchandise for a show, a lot of people look at it as a symbol of success for a cartoon ( ala Spongebob) . I’ve never had a show with a large amount of merchandise, but a lot of people ask about it for whatever show you are working on. It’s a nice acknowledgement to a created character that others want to own something with it, or a plush or something. And it puts money back into the show to make more, but unless an item teaches something ( and I can think of many Luna items that can) or can be made without harming the environment ( but then tack on the fuel used to get it where it’s going, and the footprint of the stores where it is sold) I’m not really for it. That’s not good news to investors I know, but in the PBS world, it is a way for us to earn enough to do more episodes.
It’s a challenge for all of us. But it’s real, and I believe the science.