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
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
Author skips politics, tries to demonstrate what one person can do to cut down on waste and therefore highlights j ...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, contr...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
I enjoyed the little daily dramas, that people are usually reluctant to share to others, and I liked that it basically states you need to just try, and you might surprise yourself . ...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
Truly a fascinating experience that goes into the first steps of becoming a person who is working to save the environment. Although some of the things he does may seem drastic, he offers ideas and solutions to every-day tasks that will help the environment rather than hinder it. I found a lot of gre ...more
But there were also some things I didn’t like. I didn’t appreciate the way Beavan spoke about his wife—it felt very condescending and belittling. Additionally, he made negative comments about some women’s weights in the book that only detracted from the book and my view of him as a person.
I enjoyed the memoir, but I didn't fall head over heels in love with it. I read No Impact Man for my honors class because we're discussing what makes us change our ...more