The film, No Impact Man, had me thinking throughout the whole movie, “Would I be able to do that?” Almost every time, the answer was no. I came into watching the film with the preconceived notion that there wasn’t any way to survive the way Colin and his family did through their one year experiment. However, the more of it I watched, the more my thoughts changed to things such as, “Man, I want to ride my bike,” or “I want to go to the Farmer’s Market.” These are some things that are done by us, students of Ringling, for fun and leisure. Would it be much of a change to just incorporate it more into our every day lives?
However, there are some aspects of the film that I could not even fathom life without. For example: electricity. I have grown up in a world so dependent on electricity that I will literally refuse to eat if the area is not properly lit. Romantic, dimly lit restaurants? Screw that, I want to see every detail of what I’m eating because I’m the pickiest eater on the planet and I have to constantly make sure I’m not eating anything I don’t like the appearance of.
A good point was raised in the movie when the newspapers ran the article about the family’s experiment and titled it, “The Year Without Toilet Paper.” It reflected upon how society was thinking negatively about Colin’s actions to preserve the environment in an extreme way. But I think society is mainly just scared of having to give everything up like he and his family does. And that isn’t even necessarily the truth. We can choose what we want to change about ourselves and our lifestyles and still be conscientious about how that affects the world around us. If everyone makes even just a small change, the positive impact will be massive.
Written by Alyxandra Llano