If you happen to be wandering through some green part of the US in the coming weeks and stumble across someone setting up a field full of coffee mugs, don’t be alarmed. It’s likely the team from Touch Productions working on stunts for the US version of The Human Footprint. The show uses real-life demonstrations to show what impact the average human has on the world in their day, or over the course of their lifetime.
For example, the average Briton speaks 4,300 words a day, or 123,205,740 in their lifetime. They will throw away 8.5 tons of food packaging in their lives. Each of their babies will contribute 3,800 disposable diapers to landfill sites. And perhaps least surprisingly, they will each drink 74,802 cups of tea, as demonstrated by an installation in London’s Trafalgar Square. What’s incredible about the series is that there is no CGI involved in creating the stunts.
The original film went to air on Channel 4 in the UK, attracting 1.7 million viewers to the 9 p.m. slot. Look for a US version to hit in Q1 2008 – likely with a slightly more serious bent than the UK version. Nat Geo Television International is the global distribution partner.