On Sunday night, The Simpsons begins its 20th season. The show has won seven Environmental Media Awards for episodes like “The Bonfire of the Manatees” and “On a Clear Day I Can’t See My Sister.” And since National Geographic cares about the environment just as much as the Simpsons do, the time seemed right to interview a spokescharacter. The show runners offered up Lisa. True, she is a cartoon, with yellow skin and improbably spiked hair. But who could resist a chance to pose questions to the tree-huggingest Simpson of them all?
What is your family doing to “go green?”
Well, my Dad said his bald spot is “a solar panel for a love machine.” I don’t know what that means, but I’m looking into whether we can hook it into the grid and get carbon credits.
What is your favorite (or least favorite) endangered animal?
I love all creatures, great and small... but if one had to go, I’d say mosquitoes. I mean, they can really ruin an Earth Day. Oh, now I feel so guilty.
Have you been able to convince your Dad to recycle his Duff beer cans?
Yes. Though he was upset about having to dismantle his 80-foot “Beer-amid” as well as his “Duff Lite-House of Alexandria” and his “Colossus of Suds.”
Since nuclear power has low carbon emissions, do you now respect Mr. Burns?
You know what has really low carbon emissions and releases no radiation? Wind power! Sorry I lost my cool... you know what else is losing its cool? THE EARTH!
Will the Simpsons ever become eco-tourists?
I don’t know. My Dad loves to be a tourist, but hates anything eco. So it could go either way.
Does Maggie use disposable diapers?
Yes, and so does my Grampa.
Has Springfield been affected by climate change?
Yes, the most powerful greenhouse gases are escaping from me, Lisa Simpson. Bart! Get away from my computer! Sorry about that.
Does your family subscribe to National Geographic?
No, but we’d read it in the library, if we ever went to the library, which we don’t because crazy homeless people hang out there, like my Grampa.