For one year, Colin Beavan (aka No Impact Man), his wife, his 2-year-old daughter and his dog, while living in New York City, attempted to live without making any net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no carbon emissions, no non-locally grown food, no elevators, no subway, no plastics, no air conditioning, no TV.
This was an experiment in which Colin and his family researched, developed and attempted to adopt a way of life that was better for the environment. The goal was: Negative Impact + Positive Impact = Zero. The positive impact came from doing good things for Mother Earth.
The project began in November 2006 and was planned in stages. Stage one was figuring out how to live without making garbage: no disposable products, no packaging, etc. Stage two was figuring out how to cause the least environmental impact with their food choices. Stage three was figuring out how to reduce their consumption to only what is necessary and how to do that in a sustainable way.
As you can imagine this was one hard experiment. While trying to strip away much of the convenience and wastefulness of our modern day lives from his existence, Colin was followed by a film crew. The documentary will be release in September. Judging form the trailer it will be one interesting movie.
No Impact Man also writes a blog, which you can read here.
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I am very impressed by the type of commitment it requires to adopt such a way of life… especially when you live in place like NYC… I hope they don’t live on the 32nd floor of their building, like I used to 😉
However, it is very inspiring, and I will try to have more control over my own impact in the future!!
Ironically enough if a film crew is following them…… Its Leisure wasted energy…… Kodak Digital shots would minimize the impact.