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Alicia Webster says ...
I stumbled upon this book via Business Week. I have a subscription, and there was an article in one of my issues that was written by the wife of the author, Michelle Conlin. Conlin is an editor at Business Week, but was also a willing, but sometimes not an entirely enthusiastic, participant in Beavan's No Impact Project. I could say that the purpose of the project was to reduce this particular family's carbon footprint to almost zero, but that would be oversimplifying, and would minimize the dozens of other equally important goals that one can find in this book. I love, love, love this book. And I am not even a liberal, but this book offers such a wide spectrum of information, knowledge, and tried-and-true applications for living the eco-life, that the reader is bound to find several points with which to identify regardless of where one falls politically. Beavan was brave and honest about what he was able to accomplish, where he believes that he fell short, and what was reasonable and unreasonable to expect from his wife and young child as they charted this year-long course together. I feel that Beavan was more than straightforward about the fact that this project was a little more difficult in some of the phases than he had originally anticipated, but he and his wife soldiered on and discovered, at least for themselves, what their personal limits were in each of the stages of the project. Bravo to Conlin, for giving her husband a wide berth on those rare occasions, when Beavan himself, thought that he might have gone too far in the name of rule-following rigidity. I was inspired by the original article in Business Week(written by Conlin), and I was twice as inspired by this gem of a book(by Beavan). I am am so thrilled that I asked for it for Christmas(thanks, Honey!), because it is worthy of rereading again and again. I have already made changes as a result of reading this book, but No Impact Man's greatest value is that it causes the reader to think differently about the deeper issues, and how one's life might better reflect the values that one supposedly holds. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
04/02/2010 11:37:50 AM CDT
Sharon Casey says ...
Following the film I was left with excitement for the change that this family experienced together. Not only did they grow individually, but the whole family took it upon themselves to create change. If each one of us did our small part by eradicating some of the extraneous habits we all have, imagine how quickly our waste would go down. I live in Seattle right now and the amount of trash I create has decreased significantly because the city has yard waste containers that are alongside your recycling bin. I hope that each city in America will begin their own compost in order to give back to the Earth instead of creating a landfill that will do no good for anyone.
04/02/2010 5:50:49 PM CDT
BevGomes says ...
Loved the trailer, must see the movie.
04/03/2010 9:09:19 AM CDT
Lex Fry says ...
great inspiration...that we can each takes some steps, a few steps, any steps...and make life better for all.
04/03/2010 9:25:55 AM CDT
John Maxwell says ...
no impact man response: * I love that she was rising the razor scooter with her coffee mug. * Earth Worms eat 3 pounds of food material per week! Wow, I had no idea! *Sand crabs in NYC... who knew. *What happend to her face? She had a bandaid all of a sudden. *Nice! Whole Foods Market Made it in the scene! I was wondering if we would get a feature. Favorite Quotes: * "Mommy is a little bit addicted to the T.V." * "Right now I just want to go get a baked good". * "What's wrong with using tolite paper?" * "The average American creates 16 Hundred Pounds of trash per year, we are trying to reduce that to zero" ... *"Other reasons for supporting local farming: Preserving Farm Lands ... "* *"In the U.S. the average piece of food has traveled 1,500 miles from the farm to the plate" *"It smells like my worm bin".
04/04/2010 12:22:27 PM CDT
Jade says ...
Really enjoyed the trailer can't wait to get to the library to check out a copy!
04/07/2010 12:32:45 PM CDT
Diane Motamed says ...
No single individual realizes the magnitude of his own personal trash cloud until he keeps a close watch on it. Food waste, plastic bottles, paper, and so much more end up in landfills if deposited directly into trashcans. This film gives this messege to the general public. On a personal level, my goal is to greatly reduce my use of plastic bags and paper products, such as paper towels and tissues.
04/12/2010 4:04:53 PM CDT

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