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Q. Dear Umbra,

With mainstream TV having become America’s most important message-deliverer, what characters are carrying the sustainability message best to watchers? Any correlation between character behavior and networks, producers, or writers?

Conan S.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

A. Dearest Conan,

Come again? I thought I was America’s most important message-deliverer. Forgive me, I need a moment here. And maybe some smelling salts.

OK, I’m fully revived. You know what’s interesting about TV? The number of American households with televisions has actually dropped in the last two years, as has the amount of TV-watching we do. I’m pretty sure, however, this just means people are watching shows on their iPads and such, not choosing to frolic among the flowers instead.