Just finished the holiday season, I saw tons of wasted Christmas trees laying on the street, lots of wrapping paper from White Elephant parties and all the material stuffs from Black Friday. Another green movement, a book called “No Impact Man” by Colin Beavan that I read last year really challenges me. I need to start rethinking about how I can live a “No Impact” or “Less Impact” life to help our environment.
If you have no time to read this book due to your crazy schedule, a documentation was made for movie lovers (DVD is available here). Check out the author Colin Beavan’s office website to find our how he and his family (wife and a 2 yo daughter) spent years to have a “No Impact” lifestyle.
“Author Colin Beavan (No Impact Man, Fingerprints, Operation Jedburgh), in research for his book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem. That is, until his espresso-guzzling, gretail-worshippin wife Michelle Conlin and their two-year-old daughter Isabella are dragged into the fray. Filmmakers Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein provide a front row seat into the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin’s and Michelle’s struggle with this radical lifestyle change. “
San Francisco Landmark Theatres上映同期，书也出版了。
作家 Colin Beavan 于2006年11月开始了一个名为 ’No Impact’ “没有影响”的项目，期间他在为他的新书做调查准备的工作。
Colin, 作为一名自称为环境保护论者开始将矛头指向他自己。他誓言要在一年里尽可能地减少自己对环境的影响。不再使用自动化的交通工具，不再使用电器，不再食用非当地产的食物，没有物质消费。。。没有问题。直到他的妻子Michelle Conlin 和他们两岁的女儿Isabella快要崩溃的时候，他们才停止这样的生活。