Jim’s interest in ecology and protecting the environment is evident in many of the projects he pursued. One of the earliest was a television special produced by comedian Flip Wilson’s team in 1973. Learn about Jim’s participation.
In the 1980s, Jim was active with the National Wildlife Federation, having his characters star in public service announcements. A television special with John Denver had environmental themes as did many episodes of Fraggle Rock. Toward the end of the decade, Jim got involved in The Better World Society, with Kermit acting as spokesfrog, and his Jim Henson Hour episode “Song of The Cloud Forest” focused on the protection of the rain forest and its most vulnerable inhabitants. Another episode featured an infestation by garbage bags, making a light-hearted plea for better waste management. Following his dad’s example, Brian Henson imbued several episodes of his television series Dinosaurs with environmental themes, winning a couple Environmental Media Awards. Both the Muppets and The Jim Henson Company continue to make pleas for protecting the earth’s fragile ecosystems, and the song “Bein’Green” has become shorthand for being environmentally aware despite its original intention as an anthem to being comfortable in your own skin.