No impact Man
Colin Beavan, a man with a vision, a man with a dream, a man on a mission to make no impact on the environment. In 2007, Colin and his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their young daughter, decided to make a life change and do the extreme of leaving no negative mark on the environment. No paper goods, no electricity, no carbon emission transportation, only using local foods within 250 miles. The main goal is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The average American produces 1600 pounds a trash a year, that’s incredibly insane. Majority of the trash is composed of food waste and packaging. Another interesting fact is that diapers make up one third of the trash in dumps.
The film No Impact Man is hard to watch. Colin Beavan has extreme point of views. In my opinion extremities is a hazard to everything; a good rounded mindset is healthy. Throughout the film, produced as eco friendly as possible, I sympathized with the wife, Michelle, who has to endure through these intense changes. She symbolizes the average American, a heavy consumer. She loves to shop, she has to have her Starbucks with extra espresso shots, and knows everything about reality TV. The reason I feel for Michelle because she is an awesome wife and supports her over the top husband. She supports his No Impact project, but he wants nothing to do with having another child. Thankfully he does, I would’ve been rather sour about him. The project benefited both of them, he realizes his methods are extreme and she becomes happier in her new found lifestyle. Even though she does struggle appreciating it, she is a trooper holding it out till the end.
Overall, the film did have a good message that we all should listen too. Making these changes in our lives will not only benefit nature, but help us humans become more connect and happier. We are so consumed in media and marketing, we become disconnected with what is important. Eating locally grown food sounds exciting and using eco friendly modes of transportation sounds invigorating. If anyone where to undergo these challenges, they would face similar experiences to Michelle Conlin. I was very curious to how she felt about the project after the experience, here is a blog post she guest publish on the No Impact Man blog http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2009/09/michelles-lessons-from-no-impact.html
A very cool short video Colin Beavan recently posted on his blog is a must watch.
Even though these are very radical ideas, which should stop being critically defensive and listen and learn.
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