A Sort of Urban Ecological Hermit?

Can you live in a New York apartment minimally and (more or less) self-sufficiently with minimal impact on the environment? A sort of urban ecological hermit? The film “No Impact Man” is a fascinating look at one family’s attempt to do so. Realistic, funny, and a little sad.
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“Author Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact experiment 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 electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem. That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife, Michelle, and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray. What began as one man’s environmental experiment quickly becomes an experiment in how much one woman is willing to sacrifice for her husband’s dreams.”

The project: http://noimpactproject.org/

The blog: http://noimpactman.typepad.com/
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The book: Colin Beaven “No Impact Man: 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” Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
http://noimpactproject.org/book/, http://www.amazon.com/No-Impact-Man-Adventures-Discoveries/dp/0374222886

From “Publishers Weekly”:
“Beavan (Fingerprint) chronicles his yearlong effort to leave as little impact on the environment as possible. Realizing that he had erred in thinking that condemning other people’s misdeeds somehow made [him] virtuous, he makes a stab at genuine (and radical) virtue: forgoing toilet paper and electricity, relinquishing motorized transportation, becoming a locavore and volunteering with environmental organizations. Beavan captures his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations: lower resource use won’t fill the empty spaces in my life, but it is just possible that a world in which we already suffer so much loss could be made a little bit better if husbands were kinder to their wives. While few readers will be tempted to go to Beavan’s extremes, most will mull over his thought-provoking reflections and hopefully reconsider their own lifestyles. “

From “Booklist”:
From their first baby steps (no takeout) to their giant leap (no toilet paper), the Beavans’ experiment in ecological responsibility was a daunting escapade in going green . . . So fervent as to make Al Gore look like a profligate wastrel, Beavan’s commitment to the cause is, nonetheless, infectiously inspiring and uproariously entertaining.”

From “Kirkus Reviews”:
“With thorough research, Beavan updates his blog (noimpactman.com) with convincing statistical evidence, while discovering new ways to reduce consumption and his family’s environmental footprint . . . An inspiring, persuasive argument that individuals are not helpless in the battle against environmental degradation and global warming.”
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The film: http://noimpactproject.org/movie/ , http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1280011/, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Ctt7FGFBo

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