Turtuga Blanku interviews Mike Farrell

I am promoting the use of renewable energy through this website and my music. But there are a lot of other people out there also doing something in their own special way to contribute to solving environmental problems. I ask each interviewee only five questions.

From Ecocity Builder Richard Register, we go over to ‘Captain B.J. Hunnicutt’ M*A*S*H actor Mike Farrell.
Apart from acting, being a host on several wildlife documentaries and producing movies, Mike Farrell is also involved with Human Rights Watch, Death Penalty Focus, Win Without War, animal rights, environmental issues, etc…

1) Save the earth…why?

It's a question of survival.

2) What, in your opinion would be the most realistic way to solve the climate problems we are facing?

First, we have to get people to recognize the existence of the problem. Second, we have to encourage and organize efforts to press past the forces that will obstruct progress because they fear it will negatively impact their business or their financial status. Third, we have to engage in cooperative efforts, internationally, to decrease the damage we're doing to the planet and its atmosphere and increase the use of methods and technologies that heal the earth and allow us to live in harmony with nature.

3) Do you think that anyone can be -or has the personality to be- "green"?

I think everyone has the capacity to do so. It requires the will.


4) How do you think music can contribute to protecting the environment?

By teaching. The music itself can help by being inspirational. Musical outreach can not only entertain, but can also educate. Performers of music can, as many (bono, springsteen, jackson browne and many others) use their platform to inform and inspire.

5) And finally: who would you recommend to also ask the questions you just answered?

Ed Begley.

Appreciated, Mike!

Next up is Filmmaker and sound designer Velcrow Ripper.

In Turtuga Blanku's 5Q-interview series so far:

1) Award-winning eco-expert Simran Sethi.
2) Environmental photojournalist Gary Braasch.
3) Saxophone playing physicist turned journalist Alex Hutchinson.
4) Ecocity Builders' President Richard Register.
5) M*A*S*H actor Mike Farrell.
6) Filmmaker and sound designer Velcrow Ripper.
7) Environmentalist and agricultural activist Vandana Shiva.
8) 'The World Without Us' author Alan Weisman.


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