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Woody's eco-bus spreads the word on green values

The Cape Argus, South Africa, 7th October 2005

If you love Woody Harrelson, you'll love his documentary on his Simple Organic Living tour.

Harrelson, of Cheers and Natural Born Killers fame, was to have taken part in the Natural and Organic Products Exhibition next week but had to cancel because of rehearsals for a new play in London.
It's poor consolation, but his documentary Go Further will still be screened at the event, and it's worth watching.

Harrelson has come to personify the search for an organic, healthy and holistic lifestyle and is known as one of Hollywood's most vocal and controversial environmental activists.

In Go Further Harrelson explores the idea that the single individual is the key to large-scale transformational change.

In it he says: "I sometimes feel like an alien creature for which there is no earthly explanation."

Go Further documents Harrelson and friends on their bio-fuelled bus-ride, the Simple Organic Living Tour 2001 from Seattle to Santa Barbara in the US.

Their goal is to show the people they encounter that there are viable alternatives to our habitual, environmentally-destructive behaviours.

Travellers include a yoga teacher, a raw food chef, a hemp activist, a junk food addict and a college student who suspends her life to impulsively hop aboard.

We meet an entrepreneur who runs a paper company that does not harm trees; an organic farmer who believes nature is his partner; a man who teaches environmental activists to use humour as a strategic weapon.

The bus is designed to be a completely eco-sustainable vehicle - to run on hemp oil instead of petrol, to use solar panels as the power source and to outfit the interior with sustainable materials.

The bus, referred to as The Mothership, becomes the model for the message.

The group stops at West Coast campuses to share his thoughts on the environment, healthy living, yoga, and on how the personal choices that we all make impact on the earth.

Go Further will be continuously screened at the Natural and Organic Products exhibition, free of charge, at the Cape Town Convention Centre, on October 15 and 16.

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