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No Impact Man

by Colin Beavan
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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publishing date: 01/09/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780374222888
  • ISBN: 0374222886

Synopsis

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 environmental catastrophe while dragging his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons?loving wife along for the ride. And that’s just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man’s decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year?while still living in New York City?to see if it’s possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television . . .

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 satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it becomes as easy as falling off a log? These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more ?eco-effective” and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths.
Colin Beavan is the author of two previous books that have absolutely nothing to do with the environment: Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, and he posts regularly at www.noimpactman.com. He lives in New York City.
When the guilt about his high-impact lifestyle finally got to Colin Beavan, he swore off plastic, went organic, became a bicycle fanatic, turned off his power, and devoted himself to saving the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe. The liberal New Yorker dragged his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons?loving wife along for the ride. And that’s just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man’s decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year?while still living in New York City?to see if it’s possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television . . .

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 satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it becomes as easy as falling off a log? These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more ?eco-effective” and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths.
"No Impact Man is a deeply honest and riveting account of the year in which Colin Beavan and his wife attempted to do what most of us would consider impossible. What might seem inconvenient to the point of absurdity instead teaches lessons that all of us need to learn. We as individuals can take action to address important social problems. One person can make a difference."?Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat

?Beavan pose[s] some serious questions: What can each of us do to improve the environment? How hard is it to change your lifestyle so that it's more sustainable over the long haul? To make a difference, do lifestyle changes have to be drastic? . . . In point of fact, a household can make changes that have a big planetary payoff without affecting the lifestyle at all . . . The plot line to this story is energy use and its connection to global warming.”?Katherine Salant, The Washington Post

?No Impact Man is a deeply honest and riveting account of the year in which Colin Beavan and his wife attempted to do what most of us would consider impossible. What might seem inconvenient to the point of absurdity instead teaches lessons that all of us need to learn. We as individuals can take action to address important social problems. One person can make a difference.”?Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat

?Colin Beavan has the disarming and uniquely remedial ability to make you laugh while he's making you feel like a swine, and what's more, to make you not only want to, but to actually do something, about it.”?Norah Vincent, author of Voluntary Madness

?There's something of Thoreau in Colin Beavan's great project?but a fully engaged, connected, and right-this-minute helpful version. It's a moment when we need to have as little  impact in our own lives as possible?and as much impact in our political lives as we can possibly muster. Beavan shows how!”?Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

"No Impact Man is a subversive book--not because it preaches a radical environmental agenda, but because it gives the secret to personal rebellion against the bitterness of a man's own compromises."?Arthur Brooks, author of Gross National Happiness 

"The No Impact Experiment changed Colin Beavan and reading No Impact Man will change you."?Annie Leonard, creator of "The Story of Stuff"

?From their first baby steps (no takeout) to their giant leap (no toilet paper), the Beavans’ experiment in ecological responsibility was a daunting escapade in going green . . . So fervent as to make Al Gore look like a profligate wastrel, Beavan’s commitment to the cause is, nonetheless, infectiously inspiring and uproariously entertaining.”?Booklist

?With thorough research, Beavan updates his blog with convincing statistical evidence, while discovering new ways to reduce consumption and his family’s environmental footprint . . . An inspiring, persuasive argument that individuals are not helpless in the battle against environmental degradation and global warming.”?Kirkus Reviews

"Beavan captures his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations . . . [Readers] will mull over his thought-provoking reflections and hopefully reconsider their own lifestyles."?Publishers Weekly


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  • self promoter
    From Amazon

    This is a guy who didn't know/think to use a hanky instead of tissues? This is a guy who didn't even have a cloth shopping bag? He was upset the NYT article said what he's doing is self promotion. OF COURSE it is. He had zero interest in the environment before deciding to do this...which included writing a book, a blog, and making a film. Also - what's up with his wife cashing out her 401k [or IRA] in order to buy expensive clothes and shoes before this "project" started?

  • Inspiring
    From Amazon

    What Mr. Beavan ultimately conveys is that anyone, anywhere can make a change for the better. His lifestyle change was extreme to say the least but it offers many ideas on how to green your own life. The book is entertaining and some parts are laugh out loud funny. There are superb references throughout the book which have helped me make some changes. I really enjoyed this book and have passed it on to others who also love it--even my conservative friends!

  • Lots better than the blog
    From Amazon

    I delayed buying this book because I've been reading the NIM blog since the beginning and I figured..won't be anything new. Well, I was wrong! The book brings new themes, it is beautifully constructed and makes a nice read. The statistics and references are not cluttering the reading as is often the case, but are ordered according to theme at the end of the book. A great, and useful, read. Colin Beavan also comes across as not preachy and very human & funny. Highly recommended.

  • Review from LocalPlan.org
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    When I first saw the "No Impact Man" blog some months ago, I couldn't help but dismiss it as yet another environmentalist scare tactic that was going to point out what I was doing wrong, and would attempt to change my habits through furthering my guilt. Although I consider myself an environmentalist, it sometimes becomes daunting to try to make sure that I am doing everything to minimize my impact. Even the premise of a no impact man seems absurd at best. Fortunately author Colin Beavan takes a revealing and uncomfortable introspective venture into what exactly it takes to be a no impact person (that is a person who takes steps to maintain a neutral impact on the earth's resources). Admittedly, I remained skeptical during my journey through the book (and I still don't think it's possible to achieve no impact), but Beavan managed to pull of an insightful narrative without merely projecting his own guilt onto the reader. No Impact Man (or No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process as the book is officially titled) takes the reader through a year in the life of Colin Beavan as he experiments reducing his net environmental impact to zero. Instead of just focusing on the ecological merits and pitfalls of the project, Beavan throws the reader into the emotional and mental struggles associated with such a project. No Impact Man presents a refreshingly honest perspective on exactly what it takes to truly reduce our ecological footprint (and it turns out it takes a lot more than simply buying organic food). No Impact Man carefully balances relevant environmental advice with a narrative that pulls the reader into the life of Colin Beavan and his family as the struggle through their efforts. Beavan rarely holds anything back as he documents his progress allowing the reader into the most personal aspects of his life. At times the reader will probably find that Beavan's life is amusingly different from their own and while we certainly want to know that our peers share the same struggle to be more "green" it goes to show that we all have bad habits to eliminate if we are going to make the necessary changes to our lifestyles. Beavan writes in an extremely approachable level while avoiding placing guilt on the reader. In many ways No Impact Man is inspirational as it allows the reader to understand that they are not the first person to hit stumbling points in their own path to sustainability. Most importantly No Impact Man creates a discussion around many sustainability issues and show where the major hangs-up exist in getting people to accept sustainability as a worthwhile effort.

  • Inspire yourself to do something, anything
    From Amazon

    I saw the movie at a film festival, and we gave Colin a standing ovation. It was that impressive. I immediately got the book and found it just as heartwarming, funny, and enjoyable as the film. Really, this family has taken it to the next level and shown that we can all do it too.

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