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No Impact Man

“A guilty New York Liberal decides to practice what he preaches for one year.

Turns off the electricity, stops making garbage, gives up TV,Taxis and take out and becomes a walking bicycling composting tree-hugging polar bear saving local food-eating citizen.

All while taking his baby daughter and caffeine loving retail-obsessed television-addicted wife along with him”

My friend Valerie lent me the documentary No Impact Man a couple of weeks ago and I really super extra recommend that you all check it out if you haven’t already.

It’s not the film of the year, it’s not a Hollywood blockbuster and there is no shocking sensory overload style scare tacticts.

It’s just a down to earth, non-glamorized look at one man’s attempt to make no impact in today’s society.

As fascinating as his drive and intention to succeed at his goal is the ignorant response he receives from his friends and critics. And that Colin (No Impact Man) was the one being called crazy for attempting a no impact lifestyle rather than his own friends for their blatant contribution to the demise of the planet and disregard for the natural consequences of their addiction to convenience.

I found the film eye-opening as far as just how much work it takes to bring things back to basics but also how much easier it is than most people might think.

I found it validating as far as reinforcing the many things I do in a day to live mindful of the planet we live on. I felt proud that I make many of my own cleaning products and buy much of the rest in bulk, reusing my own containers, shopping secondhand etc…

And I realized how far I am from my eventual goal.

The film is a little daunting but inspiring at the same time and well worth the late fees incurred from insisting that everyone in the family get a chance to watch it.

Check out the trailer here:

And Colin’s blog here: NO IMPACT MAN.

What are some of the ways that you are making less of an impact on the environment?

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