Film: No Impact Man

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.

2 Responses

  1. Dr. Metzner, First, kudos, blessings & thanks for “Green Psychology” (& “The Psychedelic Experience”, etc.). You’ve been a favorite bioneering culture hero of mine since early 1971. I’ve been searching for ways to connect with you and your work, re: greening psychology for quite awhile. Despite the fact that your paradigm busting upgrades to the professional dialog may be some of the most important work of recent times (along with the works of Roszak & others), I find that it’s hard to find a good place to connect with you on this vast topic. This seems the best place out of all the other topics on your blog site, no doubt, because it’s about a guy who decides to get his whole family to give up ecodical addiction. You may enjoy my tak on all this…? I’d love to start sharing & comparing notes. By the way, how do you define & view “soul” & related theistic terms?

  2. By the way, there’s an essay on “Awareness and Addiction” on my blog @ > < I hope you'll find it of interest and usefulness. Naturally, your reviews & comments will be an honor deeply appreciated. Bliss, etc…

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