Thursday, April 3, 2008

No Impact Man

Have you heard of No Impact Man? Kerry from Passive Aggressive Notes sent me their way. Aside from having one of the best blog descriptions I've ever read ("A guilty liberal finally snaps.... and generally turns into a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe" - there's more, go read it!), this is also one of the coolest ideas I've ever heard.

No Impact Man is Colin Beavan, and he, his wife, their two year old daughter and their dog decided to live for one year without leaving any environmental impact. This meant drastically changing everything they did, from transportation to food to sewage requirements. And they live in New York City. The questions they tried to answer with this "crazy-assed" experiment include "What would it be like to try to live a no impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more fun or less fun? More satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or is there hope?

If you're struggling with living green and making different decisions to adapt your lifestyle, this blog can provide you with an enormous amount of perspective. He tells you how they got started, the year long plan and still posts every day even though the year is over. Check it out!

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