No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
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

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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.

 

About Colin Beavan

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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. He lives in New York City.
 
Published September 1, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 285 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A New York family tries to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Even when Beavan geeks out about compost like the world’s biggest eco-nerd, No Impact Man remains entertaining, often thanks to the incredulous facial expressions and overall grounding influence of Beavan’s wife Michelle.

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The Washington Post

The New Yorker was no more impressed: "Two billion people were, quite inadvertently, living lives of lower impact than his .

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The Telegraph

A Supersize Me for the eco-aware, this documentary tracks New York activist Colin Beavan, who attempts to spend a year living without impacting the environment.

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New York Magazine

Colin Beavan, the Manhattan writer who's the subject of the documentary No Impact Man, began with the notion of penning a book about a year of living lightly on the earth — biking around the city, eating only locally grown food, using little (or no) electricity, buying no clothes, depositing his ...

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New York Magazine

Colin Beavan, the Manhattan writer who’s the subject of the documentary No Impact Man, began with the notion of penning a book about a year of living lightly on the Earth—biking around the city, eating only locally grown food, using little (or no) electricity, depositing his waste in a vat of wo...

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