No Impact Man
A guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environme ...more
It was an interesting experiment and he and his family fully committed to it. It's also interesting that it's basically an e ...more
This guy Colin Beavan realizes this and furthermore realizes that he is a hypocrite for realizing this a ...more
That being said, the data for anthropogenic climate change and the unsustainable practices of the modern industrialized society as conducted by the United States are facts. There is plenty of scientifically collected ...more
So he gives himself, his wife and daughter a huge challenge, realises it's a bit insane, and forges ahead anyway. It's about his efforts to reduce his hypocrisy as well as his eco-footprint. ...more
Interesting from the points of view of..
(a) problem solving -- e.g., some trial and error on how to keep his daughter's milk cold without using refrigerator
(b) interpersonal r ...more
Author just annoyed the hell out of me through the entire book. If you're actually encouraging people to make these kinds of changes, why not explain what you're doing instead of using toilet paper rather than getting angry about it when people ask questio ...more
It was uncomfortable in a good way, though. It made me think, which is what Beavan intended. And it will do more than just make me think: I know I’m going to change some things in my life as a result of reading it (how often do we say that of a book?).
Obviously the drawback to the huge challenge of sustainability is that when faced with the reality, we feel overwhelmed. What’s the point? What difference can we, as individuals, possibly ...more
I am impressed! A lot of my friends think I'm extreme, but I wish I could ...more
One and a Half Stars
Man, I really wanted to love No Impact Man. As soon as I started reading I knew the author's grating false-casual tone would get to me. Still, I kept reading. Despite being annoyed by the author's voice and random text blocks throughout the book (like a magazine might have), I was genuinely intrigued by the concept of someone taking environmentally conscious living to its limits. Colin Beavan may be annoying, but his message is good, right?
Wrong. Beavan is a creepy, control...more
I managed to read all but the last 40 pages of this bloated blog entry about a man who coerces his wife to allow him to reduce the family's carbon footprint to nearly zero. First, he analyzes a week's worth of trash and realizes that a ...more
The author spends one year trying to change his way of living to not leave any carbon footprint on our world. Each month he added new ways to become more Eco-friendly. He started with not buying anything in packaging, which was a lot harder than he expected. From there he added walking or biking instead of using cars or any other fuel burnin ...more
I picked up the book on Saturday morning this last weekend as a favor to my supervisor who was looking for a book that she could use for her freshman course in the fall and I couldn ...more
Instead, this blog-turned-book is a lot more humble about mistakes made, picking up and trying again to leave less of a footprint on the earth. The author, Colin Beavan, admits that he is naturally prone to criticizing other people's wastefulness and one day decides to just try to make a difference himsel ...more
This is a funny, honest and thought provoking story of one man who decides to see if he, along with this "Prada-wearing" wife and one year old daughter, can live a zero-impact life in New York City for a year. The family goes from eating take out every night and having the best luxuries to living without trash, taxis, subways, elevators, TV, chemical prod ...more