Review of No Impact Man: Documentary Movie -
About the movie - "Colin Beavan is a liberal schlub who got tired of listening to himself complain about the world without ever actually doing anything about it" Thus, in November, 2006, Beavan launched a year-long project in which he, his wife, his two-year-old daughter and his four-year-old dog went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible. The No Impact project has been the subject of stories in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and many other national and international news outlets. --- A family embarks on a year-long project to reduce their net footprint by using no electricity, producing no trash and giving back to the world. No Impact Man presents the severe lifestyle changes that come with altering their entire existence.
I thought this movie was a fascinating experiment which not only shows the impact that we as a culture make on our world, but also on Colin and his family. In the beginning, you could just see how this change was tearing he and his wife Michelle up. But the fact that they stuck it out... more that she stuck through it with him, was such a inspiration for me.
Perhaps their young daughter Isabella was the biggest inspiration because it showed how she was easily able, (as far as I could see) to happily live with no impact. Sure, she was so young and probably didn't even realize what she was doing without. Nonetheless, isn't that part of the point of this film? Making our life so natural through natural living.
My sincere appreciation goes to Colin and his family for creating this document of their lives and allowing us to peek into it. No Impact Man had the opposite effect on this viewer. I was very impacted.