After watching “No Impact Man”, I was so impressed about the main guy’s effort. Whatever it succeed or not, he tried at least. At some point in our lives, all of us have gone without some aspect of our modern lifestyles that we love or take for granted. Perhaps the power went out in my apartment complex for half a day, and I could not watch television. Maybe the family car broke down and everyone had to take the bus or ride a bicycle. However, I can’t really imagine if these temporary changes to my life were more permanent, lasting for one year instead of a few days. An American family living in New York City not only imagined these changes, but actually put them into action. That’s the No Impact Man.
He had concerns about the environment, but like most of us, only worried instead of taking action. One day, however, he got an idea. He wondered if he and his family could live for one year without most of life’s basic luxuries that we all take for granted. In the beginning, Colin and his wife gave things up in stages, starting with easier things first. For example, they first got rid of things they truly didn’t need, such as a big television set. They stopped taking taxis and instead rode bicycles, and they also quit going to restaurants, as this was considered another unnecessary expense. As a result, it turned out to be harder than they had originally thought.
After Colin and his family completed their year-long experiment, Colin decided to “keep” certain changes in his life, such as brushing his teeth and washing his hair with baking soda. However, other aspects of his lift went back to normal; for example, he now takes the subway when it rains. During the year, Colin and his family also noticed other changes – because they watched less TV and spent less time on the computer, they spent more time together as a family, and hung out with friends more often. There were also health benefits – Colin and his wife lost weight from riding bicycles and eating better. Of course, the Beavan family’s actions were extreme, but couldn’t we all make some of these changes, some of the time? I can give up TV for a while, I can wash my laundry by hand, and I can try to not eat fast food. These are all small changes but they are reasonable ones. I think we should take some time to see what we can do to help the environment – the number of positive changes we can make is almost infinite. We got an impact of “No Impact Man.”