So, what are my thoughts on No Impact Man?
Well, honestly, I don’t think I’d be able to perfectly pull most of this off. Buying local food? Okay, I can buy veggies from farm stands and grow whatever I don’t want to buy, but I do want pizza or pad thai now and then. Going vegetarian? I tried that, and I just missed chicken too much. No electricity? Not with my career path. And there is absolutely no way I’m giving up coffee, period.
But the movie does make me want to be a little bit better. I already follow the “no new products” thing to an extent; I will buy the newest comic or DVD that’s got my attention, but I do keep electronics until they absolutely can’t work anymore (as I type this, I’m looking at my trusty VCR, which is still playing ancient VHS tapes quite well to this day). I do try to conserve electricity whenever I can. And, I’m not gonna lie, that laundry technique? I’m totally keeping that in mind for the inevitable day I move out on my own. Hey, washing machines are expensive, and I can’t always find enough quarters!
I don’t usually like movies that guilt-trip me, but this one was worth a watch. I know I’ll never be “no impact”, but I’m at least determined to make sure that impact is more of a slight dent than a giant crater.