Author Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency and vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more trash, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption. At first reluctantly and then supportively, his wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter, go along with his vision and the story becomes an often funny and touching demonstration of the follies of our addictive consumerist life-style. What this family found, to their surprise, in giving up so much of what they needed was that they became healthier, happier and more at peace with their conscience, their community and their world. What my 20-year old daughter liked best about the film was the way the couple resolved their differences and disputes without rancor or fighting, but obvious love and much humor.
Posted on November 6, 2009 by Ralph Metzner