No Impact Man
No Impact Man – Movie Review
Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.
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No Impact Man is a documentary about Colin Beavan, who decided to do research for a book by having his family (his wife and small child), live while making no impact on the environment. This meant that they didn’t take elevators to their ninth floor apartment, they didn’t use gas and therefore no cars, no cabs, no planes. They bought food that was grown only within a 25 mile radius, nothing that was wrapped. They even stopped using toilet paper – you get the point. On another note, this was all quite an interesting study on marriage. They filmed the wife (who was clearly much less on board with the experiment than her husband), and during the course of the film, it turns out she wants to have another child, and he doesn’t, for impact reasons. They end up having a classic yet legitimate argument about why she should support him when he doesn’t support her. It’s a very interesting movie, and while it’s not for everybody, it will give you something to think about. By the end of the film, the question stares you in face: Is there a way of getting what we need, and making a less of a mess in this country? In this world? In terms of entertainment, I give it three stars, in terms of thought provoking, I give it four.